Article By: Jan Jeremias MSC, DTM, RYT, CR
The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and
togetherness. As we deck the halls, trim the tree, light the
menorah our furry companions eagerly join in the festivities,
adding their own unique charm to the season. In this article, we
explore the delightful world of celebrating the holidays with pets,
offering insights and tips to ensure a harmonious and joyful
experience for both humans and their four-legged friends.
One of the first steps in creating a pet-friendly holiday
environment is selecting decorations that are safe for our furry
friends. Opt for non-toxic plants, such as pet-friendly poinsettias
and Christmas cacti, and secure ornaments out of reach to
prevent curious paws from causing accidental mayhem. Consider
pet-safe alternatives like fabric or wooden ornaments to avoid
breakage and potential harm to your pets.
Creating Comfort Zones
The holiday season often brings a whirlwind of guests and
activities. While many pets thrive on social interaction, others may
feel overwhelmed. Designate a quiet, comfortable space where
your pet can retreat when they need a break from the festivities.
Equip this space with their favorite toys, essential oil diffuser,
blankets, and water bowl, ensuring a safe and peaceful haven
amidst the holiday hustle.
Healthy Holiday Treats
Indulging in festive treats is a hallmark of the holiday season, and
our pets can partake in the fun too. However, it’s crucial to be
mindful of their diet. Prepare pet-friendly holiday treats or
purchase them from reputable sources to ensure they are safe
and healthy. Ingredients like plain cooked meats, sweet potatoes,
and carrots can be excellent options for creating tasty, pet-
Exercise and Playtime
Amidst the busyness of the holidays, it’s important to prioritize
your pet’s exercise and playtime. Incorporate festive activities like
holiday-themed walks, interactive toys, or even a game of fetch
with pet-friendly snowballs. Keeping your pet active not only
ensures their physical well-being but also helps to alleviate stress
or anxiety they may experience during the holiday hustle.
As holiday traditions often involve candles, lights, and other
potentially hazardous items, it’s crucial to prioritize safety. Secure
Christmas lights and wires out of reach, avoid using tinsel or other
decorations that could be harmful if ingested, and be cautious
with open flames. Dinner candles and menorahs should be out of
reach and never leave your pet unattended with pets in the room.
Taking these precautions will help ensure a safe and enjoyable
holiday season for everyone in the family, including the furry
As we embrace the magic of the holiday season, let’s remember
to include our pets in the festivities. With a little planning,
consideration, and love, we can create a holiday environment that
delights both humans and their four-legged companions. So,
whether you’re wrapping presents with a curious cat or taking a
festive stroll with your pup, savor the joyous moments and create
cherished memories that will last a lifetime.
Jan and Tonka