Tyler , TX (KETK) — While we gaze over the beautiful decorations in our home, and take in the smells of the turkey on the table this Christmas, our pets are noticing too. The last thing we want to do on our Christmas holiday is to take our furry friends to the hospital. "The holidays always bring new things for pets to get into," said Dr. Laura Cauthen of the Animal Medical Center.
Dr. Cauthen said there's an increase in pet emergencies this time of year, especially cases of pancreatitis. "There's no doubt about it, the cases go up simply because the amounts of food and the types of food that are available during the holidays and certainly pets over indulge like we do," said Cauthen.
Experts say to...
-keep a close eye on pets around the decorations and electrical cords
-put plastic ornaments instead of glass on the tree
-keep candy out of reach of pets
- keep mistletoe out of your home, it can be deadly!
While we enjoy seeing family and friends, some of our animals may experience anxiety with new people around. "Having them in a kennel, in a room by itself, where they can kind of get into their safe haven and feel secure is sometimes a good idea for some of these pets," said Dr. Cauthen. Tina Albritton, kennel manager at Petland, said to keep your pets occupied with toys and treats.\
If your animal does get into something this Christmas, the Tyler Animal Emergency Clinic will be open. Here's a link to their website - http://tyleraec.com/ 
Petland is also doing a pet drive for two local shelters and if you would like to donate, follow the link below to find out more information.