The holidays are meant to be a joyful time shared with loved ones, including our furry friends and family members. However, care should be taken to keep your pets safe from potential holiday hazards. This can help prevent the stress and anxiety associated with a holiday trip to the emergency vet clinic. Here are a few tips to keep your pet happy and healthy this holiday season:
- Keep your tree securely anchored to keep it from falling over if hit by wagging dog tails or batting kitten paws. Also keep extension cords or light wires out of reach to prevent electrical shock. When hanging ornaments, keep those that are breakable or small enough to swallow out of the reach of your furry friends.
- Don’t share holiday goodies and leftovers with your pets, especially sweets and chocolate. These foods can make animals very sick. Keep these treats out of their reach and carefully watch unattended plates and trashcans. Just like kids, animals can be sneaky!
- Holiday greenery can be toxic to animals. Plants such as mistletoe, holly and poinsettias can make pets very sick if ingested. Keep these decorations out of their reach, or opt for artificial plants to keep your holiday home pet-safe.
- Understand that the holidays can be a stressful time for pets. Busy schedules and frequent visitors may cause increased anxiety. Try to create a quiet area for your furry family members to escape to, and give them some extra TLC this time of year.
Best wishes to you and your furry friends for a happy and healthy holiday season!