The holiday season is here and what better way to celebrate than with our fur kids? Whether you plan to dress up your dog in a Christmas sweater or your feline in a Hanukkah bow-tie, please be mindful of any potential dangers for them this season. Don’t be afraid to communicate out your concerns and house rules to any guest during this festive time of year as well. Sit back, relax and happy holidays!!
THE 3 PET SAFETY AREAS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Pet Safety at home:
- Remind house guests to store their medication out-of-reach from your pets. Also, if they prefer to close off their room during this time that would also be helpful.
- New Year’s Eve can be very stressful for pets due to the noise from fireworks. Try an escape-proof area at home and keep music on to drown out some of that firework volume.
- It’s inevitable your cats will want to assist with gift wrapping. Avoid any potential intestinal blockages by limiting their access to string, plastic, twine, etc.
- Tape down any exposed indoor or outdoor wires that can accessible to your pets. Also, keep electrical cords out-of-reach is possible too.
- Always use the fireplace screen when in use and be mindful of candles burning. Keeping them out of reach from cats since they love jumping up on mantels, furniture, etc. is critical.
- As temperatures drop, don’t forget your pets may be cold, exposed to more outdoor wind, etc. Monitor your heat and add cute sweaters, more blankets and booties for your loved ones.
Pet Safety with decorations and plants:
- If putting up a Christmas tree, make certain it’s secure and tip-proof. Cats and dogs often love their new “toy” you’ve given them and will climb it.
- Avoid hanging lights and ornaments near the bottom that are easily accessible to play with and chew on.
- Fresh trees are beautiful, but stagnant water may cause unwanted belly issues if drank.
- Avoid using tinsel and angel hair since this often becomes a “toy” and can cause devastating results if consumed.
- More is less when it comes to decorations if pets are tempted to eat them.
- Although festive this time of year, avoid bringing home all poisonous plants that can cause severe damage and/or death if ingested: poinsettia plants, lilies, holly, and mistletoe.
Pet Safety with holiday foods:
- If your fur babies don’t indulge in human foods on occasion, now is not the time to begin.
- Keep a watchful eye on children since they may enjoy feeding your pets from their plates.
- Many holiday parties include cocktails and it’s best to have these out-of-reach from your pets. If alcohol is ingested, death can result from respiratory failure.
- Use caution with unattended food items like desserts or cheese platters on a coffee table. These tend to be very reachable for pets.
- Remind house guests chocolate should never be given to pets regardless of how minute it is within a recipe.
- Fruitcakes may be a staple in your home, but grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs.
- Turkey or chicken bones can be irresistible for some pets, but should be avoided.
- Pet-proof your garbage during holiday gatherings, when houseguests stay over and when you are using a pet-sitter if traveling. This can limit any potential health issue and reduce your stress level.