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Tips To Keep Your Pets Safe This Holiday Season!

by The Blake Mashburn Group

The holidays should be a joyous time for every member of your family.....even the furry ones! For our pets, the hustle and bustle of the holidays can be stressful. On top of this, there are many new things around the house that can be dangerous for our curious friends. Keep your pet happy and safe this holiday season by following these easy tips!


  • Help your cat stay away from the tree by using natural based deterrents along the bottom branches and the try skirt.
  • Do the same for poinsettias, which are incredibly toxic to all pets. To ensure any potential hazard, use silk ones for decorating instead.
  • Keep your ornaments and your tree safe by avoiding ornaments made out of edible materials.
  • Holiday decor means many new cables that can be intriguing to chew on. Keep them hidden from plants or use a natural deterrent on them.
  • Enjoy the ambiance of candles without the fire hazard by using flameless candles.
  • Make sure all alcohol is out of reach of your pets.
  • As much as you want to treat them during the feast, avoid giving table scrapes. Many holiday foods are toxic for pets and/or contain items that a hazardous if swallowed, such as animal bones or corn cobs.
  • Ensure that someone has an eye on your pet at all times when entertaining at your home. This makes sure they don't get outside by accident or get into something they shouldn't be.
  • If it is hard to designate a person to watch your animal and/or if your animal gets anxious at large gatherings, create a quiet, private space within your home where you can keep them. Just give them lots of treats and toys to entertain themselves with and check on them throughout the night.

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Protect your pets from the stress of the 4th of July Fireworks

by The Blake Mashburn Group


While the festivities of the 4th of July are upon us, we need to be mindful of the repercussions of the loud noises of fireworks to our pets.  Our pets have a

120-decibel pain threshold and fireworks are at 170 decibels; making for a very painful experience.

Here are some tips to keep in mind:



2. If possible, keep your pet in an interior room to limit the effects of the noise.

3. Turn on the TV or radio in the interior room to diffuse the noise outside.

4. Try to have one family member stay with your pets during this time.

5. Make sure the room you use for your pets doesn't have an escape route.  Many pets look to escape where they are to get away from the noise.  

6. If your pet was to escape your home, make sure they are chipped or have tags of identification on them at all times.

7. Are you hosting the Independence Day celebrations?  Make sure you have cleaned up all debris so your pets do not start chewing on them.  This can be poisonous to your pet.

Wishing you all a happy & safe 4th of July!

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