This photo ornament is easy to make and a thoughtful gift. It's also a fun way to display your pet's photo!

✓ Cut a photo of the pet into a 4-inch diameter circle.
✓ Roll up and place inside a 4-inch glass ball ornament.
✓ Use a Q-tip to adjust it. Add glitter for a snowy look.
✓ Replace the top and add ribbon to hang it.

Remember to keep ribbon and ornaments out of paws reach. For more tips on holiday hazards, see our pet safety guide.

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In our November Customer Newsletter, we addressed some issues that can come up when you bring your pet along on holiday visits. But what if you can’t decide whether to take your pet or not? Here are a few factors to consider. 

Your pet: If your pet is the type that acts out when you’re away, consider bringing your furry friend with you. If your pet doesn’t adjust easily to or behave well in new environments, it may be best to leave him or her behind with a pet sitter.

Your host: Make sure your host is OK with a fuzzy guest. Ask if anyone has allergies or is uncomfortable around dogs or cats, and see if there’s anything you can do to help those situations. Also, find out if there are any other pets in the home, and determine the best way to make introductions.

And let’s not forget you: If you’ll be nervous leaving your pet in the care of others, you may want your pal as a travel companion. On the flip side, if taking your pet will heighten your anxiety, leaving him or her with a friend, a pet sitter or at a kennel may be best.

Whatever you decide, remember to take a moment during the hectic holiday season to appreciate the bond you share together. Happy holidays!

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Keep your pet safe this Valentine’s Day!

Our friends at the ASPCA® have a full list of Valentine’s Day goodiespet parents should watch out for this holiday. For instance, make sure hazardous food, flowers and other holiday items are kept out of paw’s reach.

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Thanksgiving isn't just about giving thanks — it's also about eating! But be careful your pet doesn't eat something harmful.

For instance, avoid giving your cat or dog raw or undercooked turkey, fatty foods, or real bones that can splinter. And, of course, desserts like chocolate are off limits. But that doesn't mean your pet has to be left out of the feast! It's safe to offer your pet a bit of white turkey meat without skin or small pieces of raw carrots or green beans.

Learn more about keeping your pet safe during the holidays. And remember, if your pet does get into a jam over Thanksgiving, your plan can help you afford needed veterinary care.

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As we’re dedicated to making a difference for pets, we want to keep you informed about pet health topics and your ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan. Our blog will provide you with fresh, interesting and informative topics—from pet health tips and customer stories, to the latest industry news and a Pet Parent Q&A column. Most of all, we encourage you to share comments and join the discussion!

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