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Unwrap these seasonal tips for a healthy howliday and a yappy New Year!

The Naughty List - Deck the halls with boughs of holly – but keep your jolly décor out of reach of furry friends! See which yuletide trimmings made our foreign body naughty list and get tips to protect your pets from a Scrooge-like vet bill.

A Smart Cookie - Keep the cookie jar off limits to curious paws! A pet nibbling just half a cookie made from refrigerated dough is the same as a human eating a belly-stretching 611 calories! Treat your canine to these heart-healthy helpings instead.

Crash and Burn - Menorah lights and Christmassy candles brighten dark December days, but festive fire hazards can put a Krampus in your holiday plans. Ensure furry friends are supervised around fires, candles and electrical cords, and for added peace of mind, download a free, customizable pet rescue alert to help firefighters find your pets in the event of an unexpected fire.

Vets for Pets

(expert blogs to boost your pet prowess!)

Ho Ho No! - Howliday sweets are toxic treats for pets. If your little angel sniffs out the gift basket and breaks into the candy bars, follow this list of must-do tips to save the season – and possibly, your pet’s life!

Dachshund Through The Snow - What helps prevent disease and improves quality of life? Walking the dog! how much exercise your little helper needs. Hint: It’s more than you think!

Flea Wise Men - one simple thing pet parents can do to prevent four-legged friends from catching life-threatening diseases. The caveat? You’re probably not doing it!

All your pup wants this Christmas is…these delicious, healthy Paws-itively Peanutty Crudités courtesy of Dr. Ernie Ward! Prepare them the night before your howliday celebration, while you’re prepping cookies for Santa Paws. Just chop, then pop them in the fridge overnight!

Recipe from Dr. Ernie Ward's Chow Hounds: Why Our Dogs are Getting Fatter - a Vet's Plan to Save Their Lives (2010 HCI). Check with your veterinarian before trying a new recipe for your pet to ensure your efforts – and your furry friends! – are appropriately rewarded. For more inspiring ideas, click here.

Give Petplan a paws-up on Facebook to fetch the latest pet news, health tips and holiday gifts. Coming this month: festive felines, dashing dogs and lots of yuletide cheer!

Red Letter Days - Scamper into the new year with North Shore Animal League America's 2015 calendar, the paw-fect addition to your home and sure to feature on pet-lovers' wish lists! The calendar features just some of the more than one million pets the Animal League has saved over the past 70 years. Proceeds will benefit Bianca's Furry Friends Feline Adoption & Wellness Center, so get your paws on a copy now!

Home For The Holidays - Not taking your pup on a sleigh ride to Grandma’s this season? Give your furry family member the pleasures and comforts of home by booking a trusted pet sitter on DogVacay.com! Your best friend will receive one-on-one TLC in your home or theirs, and you’ll even get photo updates while you’re away. First time booking? Take $10 off when you use the code PETPLAN10 before January 31, 2015.

‘Tis the season…to reflect on the past 11 months! On a scale of 1 (hair-raisingly bad) to 10 (pawesome), how do you rate this year as a pet parent? Tell us about your pet’s adventures, accomplishments, mishaps or unexpected tails in 2014 – and if Petplan helped lend a paw! – for the chance to receive a $25 AMEX gift card. Include your pet’s photo and we may share it on Facebook!

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