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The holidays are a time for celebrations, quality time with family and friends, and finding joy in the little things. But during this busy season, it’s easy to forget about our smallest friends— the four-legged, furry ones.

Now that the holiday season is officially upon us, you may be caught up with mistletoe, eggnog, and gift wrapping, but it’s important to remember that your pet’s needs don’t change during this festive time. Whether your best friend is a dog, cat, rabbit, bird, or something more exotic, try to keep your pet’s routine as close to normal as possible. Also, remember that your cuddly buddy doesn’t always know what’s best for him/her. Keep reading to learn some basic ways you can keep your pet happy and safe this holiday season.

Holiday Plants Aren’t Always Pet Friendly
Holiday plants are colorful, festive, and brighten a home. But our favorite holiday flowers and plants are not always good for pets. Exercise caution when adding them to your holiday decor. Pets can be curious and attracted to plants that are harmful to them, so be aware of what’s coming into your house as family and friends drop by.

A quick list of holiday plants that are harmful to pets:

  • Pine Christmas Trees
  • Poinsettias
  • Holly & Mistletoe
  • Lilies
  • Azaleas

People Treats Are for People
Mmmm! Eggnog, cookies, assorted chocolates— what could be better? Sweet treats are a big part of holiday celebrations, but it’s important to remember that these treats are not always good for our furry friends. To be safe, ensure that your pet can’t get into treats containing chocolate, xylitol, raisins, onions, or other ingredients toxic to them.

Bows, Ribbons, & Décor Aren’t for Snacking
We’ve all seen our best fuzzy pal trying to eat ribbons and bows from our holiday gifts and wondered what the heck makes them do so. Despite their mysterious motives, you need to put a stop to this behavior. Ribbons, bows, and decorations can cause your pet serious harm if ingested. Keep your pet safe by disposing of wrapping materials as soon as gifts are unwrapped.

Pets Don’t Like to Be Alone During the Holidays
Holidays are a time for togetherness, and this includes our pets. When making your holiday plans, do your best to involve your little buddy. If you absolutely can’t, Make My Day, Please LLC is here to help take care of your pets when you can’t be with them. This includes holidays and every day! We’re proud to have been voted Best Pet Care by Northern Virginia Magazine and many other publications, and we have an excellent online reputation. We can handle all your pet’s needs this holiday season and beyond.

We offer:

  • Dog Walking
  • Pet Sitting
  • Post Surgery Care
  • and more!

Don’t hesitate to check out our website at You can also give us a call at 703-624-3583 and speak with anyone in our dedicated team. They’ll answer any questions you have and can schedule a free meet and greet with one of our sitters. You’ll quickly discover that we love what we do!

Don’t forget about our NEW MMDP ReFURRal and Fundraising Program

For every new ReFURRal (that results in a new client) we will credit $10 towards your account and donate $10 to our friends at Anicira!  Offer ends January 1, 2021. Check out all the details HERE