USA Today Blueprint shares some holiday gifting tips for pet parents

If you're purchasing a last-minute gift for a pet parent, then you'll want to keep these tips in mind while shopping.
Richard and Mary Peterson walk with their dog Peebles through Hopelands Gardens in Aiken, S.C., on
Richard and Mary Peterson walk with their dog Peebles through Hopelands Gardens in Aiken, S.C., on / Katie Goodale, Katie Goodale / USA TODAY

Everyone loves getting a gift during the holiday season. However, some gifts aren’t the best to give to pet parents or those who have a lot of pets.

While the intention is there, it doesn’t always translate. That’s why I knew I had to share the tips from the USA Today Blueprint. The editors decided to share the info they found out and help you either find the perfect gift or find an alternative.

No matter if you’re shopping for yourself, have a friend who is a dog lover, or are shopping after the holidays, you can keep these tips in mind. I’d like to thank USA Today Blueprints for reaching out to me and sharing these with me so I could share them with all of you.

One thing people love to gift is plants and there are a few plants you should avoid if shopping for pet parents. The list includes Azaleas, Holly, Lilies, Mistletoe and Poinsettias. Of course, we know that all of these are traditional florals for Christmas but these can cause pets to have severe reactions including seizures, vomiting, and even, death.

See these holiday gifting tips for pet parents from USA Today Blueprint

If you’ve already trimmed your tree, these tips are either great for next year or if you’re planning to adopt a pet soon. There are just some items that are used around the holidays that aren’t great for any of your pets. Making sure you never leave a candle unattended is an obvious one along with making sure your Christmas tree is secured so it doesn’t fall on your pet and it’s real, making sure they don’t drink the tree water.

Also, make sure your cats stay away from tinsel and ribbons because eating them can result in a digestive tract obstruction. Of course, it’s always good to make sure your pets aren’t playing or eating wires as they can get shocked. As for holiday foods to avoid, make sure your pets don’t ingest too many fatty or spicy foods along with sweets.

As for tips to help you out as a pet parent this season, you could try to make sure your pet has a room to be able to relax and retreat from guests. Sometimes, removing them from a situation will make it all the better. The same tip can be reused for New Year’s Eve as there can be fireworks. You just have to make sure the room doesn’t have many windows and sit with them so they’re able to feel a bit calmer.

These tips are great for helping out both new pet parents and those who need a refresher. No matter if you’re celebrating with family or friends, it’s always nice to make sure your pet is feeling cozy and comfortable this holiday season.

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