It is easy for everyone to overindulge during the holiday season, so it shouldn’t be surprising to find that pets can be vulnerable to holiday binging as well. It may take a little effort on your part to ensure your pet does not put on any extra weight this year.

Pet copyMake sure any treats you give your pet are just that—pet treats, not human treats. Chocolate can make pets sick and sugar is not a good supplement to a pet’s diet. If you decide to put together a gift box or stocking filled with goodies for your animal, be sure to dole out the treats slowly over time. Take these extras into account at meal times and reduce meal quantities accordingly. Exercise is good for you and your pet at this time of year, so make time for a daily walk, too.

Festivities and decorations can also pose a health threat to your dog or cat. All cords should be well shielded and your tree should be anchored to prevent it from tipping over. All edible decorations should be placed out of reach. If you will be having many guests over, take into consideration your pet’s tolerance for crowds and noise. It may be best to have your pet wait out any parties in the safety of a bedroom or basement. By taking these simple precautions, you can ensure that both you and your furry friend will enjoy this holiday season.