As humans the Holiday Season is a wonderful time of year filled good food, good company and a few extra days off of work, but for our four-legged companions the holidays can pose a very real risk to their health and safety. Here are a few tips to help make sure this holiday season is safe and happy one for both you and your pets.
Beware of Festive Decoration Hazards
Many of the festive decorations that make the Holiday season so special can be extremely dangerous for our pets. When putting up Holiday decorations think safety first! Christmas trees should be securely anchored so your pet can’t accidently tip it over. Candles should never be burned unattended or within your pets reach. Lights and wires should be safely mounted to avoid your pet getting tangled in them and avoid the risk of electrical shock if they chew on them. Avoid using tinsel, glass ornaments or decorations with long strings as they can be harmful if ingested causing serious damage to intestines and require surgery to remove. Some common holiday plants, like mistletoe and holly, are toxic to cats and dogs and should be kept out of their reach. While poinsettias get a bad rap, they are only mildly toxic to pets; they can cause drooling and mild vomiting which usually resolve on their own.
Avoid Food Dangers
Many of the delicious treats we look forward to during this time of year aren’t good for your pet and can even be toxic. Some of the most popular holiday treats contain chocolate, raisins, grapes, and macadamia nuts that can make your pet sick or even be fatal. It is also best to resist the urge to indulge your pet with leftover fat trimmings and bones which are unhealthy and dangerous for your four-legged companion.
Protect Your Pet
Whether you are travelling with your pet, leaving them with a trusted sitter or boarding facility, or hosting your friends and family at your home, there are a few simple things you can do to keep your pet safe, healthy and happy during the holiday season and every day of the year. Make sure your pet is licensed in case they accidently get lost during the hustle and bustle of the season. Make a trip to your vet for a checkup and make sure they are up to date on their vaccines so you can enjoy a worry free holiday season.