Holiday Pet Safety Tips
It’s that time of the year when everyone is completely excited and carried away with the food, reunions, and the good cheer that comes with the season. Amidst the noise, preparations, and activities, it might be easy to forget that such celebrations are hardly pet-friendly or suitable for your furry companion.
To fully enjoy the festivities without worry, it is important to take some precautions towards your pet’s safety. These safety tips are vital to your pet’s health and your happiness this season, regardless of the type of pet you have.
Here are some holiday pet safety tips to guide you and guarantee that your cute friends can look towards these holidays with excitement too!
- Give them some room
Almost anyone can be overwhelmed by too many strange faces and smells in their living space. For pets,the feeling could be worse, regardless of if they are sociable or not. Provide a pet-friendly space or room your dog or cat can relax to get away from all the new faces, and smells. You can place toys in the room, so they do not feel lonely.
- Take precaution with the Christmas trees and decorations
There’re no Holidays without all the lights, tinsels, little Santa dolls, and the big, dominating Christmas tree. While this is exciting and necessary, you must remember that most decorations can pose a threat to your pet’s safety. Pets tend to chew almost any strange or attractive object they find. Ornaments and other decorations are dangerous if swallowed or put in the mouth. Keep the decorations out of reach and secure the Christmas tree to avoid any tree disaster. Plants such as mistletoe, the poinsettiacan be poisonous to your pet.
- Not all holiday foods are pet food
Yes, you may be throwing caution to the wind and munching on all your favorite foods and snacks. It is vital you remember that not all foods are safe for consumption by your dog or cat. Here’s a list of foods that may be more common in the home this season but dangerous to pet health. Keep them as far away as possible.
- Fat trimmings
- Table scraps
- Baked goods
- Plan for emergencies
If something does happen, you would want to be prepared to act quickly and save both your pet and the celebrations. Keep the veterinarian’s phone number handy, as well as, the address and phone number of a 24/7 emergency veterinary clinic.