The holiday season brings decorations, celebrations and travel. There are, however, things to keep in mind to make the holidays a happy and safe time for your pets, too. With a few holiday pet safety tips, your pets are sure to enjoy the holidays.
The Christmas Tree
Pets, especially cats will eat tinsel, which blocks the digestive system. Skipping the tinsel may be smart while having pets in the house.
If you have a live tree, make sure your pets don’t drink the water. This water can be a source of toxic fertilizer.
One of the most dangerous parts of the Christmas tree is the lights. They are attractive to pets, and if they chew on them they can get burned, shocked or even start a fire. Make sure to unplug light strands when you are not around to supervise.
Poinsettias, holly, mistletoe and lilies can make pets very ill. Poinsettias are only mildly poisonous and may cause an upset stomach or rash. Holly can cause vomiting and diarrhea and mistletoe can cause an upset stomach or even seizures. Lilies are one of the most toxic plants, especially to cats. Just one or two bites can cause kidney failure. Keep these plants out of reach or consider using imitations.
Turkey, gravy, dressing and pumpkin pie are delicious, but these fatty, rich foods pose serious health risks to your pet. Too much can lead to pancreatitis. Be sure to tell your guests not to feed your pets.
A good deal of holiday candies and cookies contain chocolate. Some varieties of baking chocolate can be fatal to dogs while others can make them very ill. Cats become very sick after eating chocolate, too.
Make sure garbage cans are out of reach. Bones and fatty leftovers are tempting to pets and can be a choking hazard.
Traveling with Pets
The season comes with a lot of traveling to see family and friends. If your pet is traveling with you, it’s important to keep them comfortable and safe.
Using pet carriers, safety auto harnesses or boosters are great ways to protect your pets while traveling.
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We all want the holidays to be the most wonderful time of the year. Taking the time to follow these holiday pet safety tips will ensure you and your pets have a wonderful holiday season.