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Six Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe for the Holidays

I have had several veterinary guest bloggers on this site — and I’ve even met some of them in person at BlogPaws conferences — but so far have not featured anyone local. Which is just wrong. We have some terrific veterinary facilities in town, including the award-winning Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson (VSCT), the largest veterinary multi-specialty practice in southern Arizona. In my defense, I did highlight a wonderful VSCT charitable program, Cause For Paws, here.

So it brings me great pleasure to host VSCT’s co-founding owner, Barbara R. Gores, DVM, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons, addressing a very timely topic. Dr. Gores also provided all the accompanying photos. She is not responsible for the smart alecky captions.

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Six Tips for Keeping Pets Safe for the Holidays

by Dr. Barbara Gores

A favorite time of year for human family members, the holiday season is often dangerous time for our beloved pets. Holiday visitors, turkey bones, table scraps, candy, decorations and gift wrappings are just some of the dangers that dogs, cats and other household pets face this time of year. Pet owners must be proactive to ensure their pet’s safety.

Six top ways to keep your pets safe include:

1. Keep pets indoors and secured in a quiet part of the house during holiday parties and events to prevent accidental escape through doors that are being used frequently.

But do let them greet your guests to show off their holiday finery first

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