We begin by talking about the Christmas tree itself, including what to do with ornaments (maybe family heirlooms).
We agree that tinsel and ribbon are extremely dangerous and could even be life threatening.
Sure, a tidbit of turkey or ham is fine, but Dr. Marks is worried about the quantity we give (too large a slice for too small a pet). She’s also worried about fat or skin on the meat and/or a heavy or spicy sauce. As a result, Marks sees too much pancreatitis over the holidays. Pancreatitis is painful for the pet and for the pet owner’s wallet, and it can often be avoided.
Some pets get anxious about all those crazy relatives visiting. Dr. Marks endorses keeping pets who may be annoyed and/or anxious about those wack-a-doodle relatives behind closed doors in a second bedroom or den, plug in a pheromone product to help pets feel comfy in their own environment (Adaptil for dogs or Feliway for cats), turn on some background noise (calming music or a favorite talk radio station), and offer a distraction like catnip for cats or something for a dog to safely chew on.