Cheryl Wicks: Merry Christmas to all – 2 and 4 legged, finned and feathered

With a little forethought your family pet(s) can have a happy and safe holiday, like the rest of the family.

If you are having a houseful of holiday company you need to make plans for your pet. Unless your pet is super social (s)he may be better off away from the crowd. Crowds can cause a lot of stress for pets who are not used to this. None of us behave our best when stressed. If your pet is not used to small children, avoid the possibility of a bite or a scratch by putting your pet in a safe place away from the kids. Nothing will put a damper on your Christmas and everyone else’s like a dog bite or a real good kitty scratch, delivered to a small child trying to hug a dog or pick up a cat.