This Holiday Season, Here Are Some Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe
Here's sensible advise on how to keep your animal partner safe this season, from food safety to understanding about risks surrounding your house. "Tis the season to be merry," says the narrator. And, while your days may be bright and cheery, make sure your pet is safe throughout the holidays.
The holidays in December are a time for introspection, celebration, and, of course, food. While you may be tempted to share certain holiday treats with your favorite pet, you should reconsider for their safety's sake.
The San Diego Humane Society advises pet owners to avoid feeding onions, chocolate, grapes, or raisins to their pets since they are potentially hazardous. Foods that are overly fatty or rich might cause stomach problems in pets, so rather than giving them part of your food, treat them to a pet treat that is healthy for them to eat.
Without some Christmas decorating, it wouldn't be a holly, merry season, and SDHS advises pet owners to be aware of any possible risks when it comes to décor.
Because climbing cats are attracted to Christmas trees, the animal shelter advises pet owners to keep their trees safe and ideally in a corner. Dangling tree decorations can be a delightful play for cats and dogs, but glass and tinsel should be kept away from pets since they can be choking hazards.
Those who will have a Christmas tree should hang decorations on high branches out of reach of pets' paws, and light cables should be tied down and fastened so pets don't gnaw on them.
Additionally, pets may be harmed by gifts since ribbons and bows can cause choking. Pet parents should keep an eye on their furry loved ones while they're around gifts to make sure they don't chew on the decorations.
According to the San Diego Humane Society, some seasonal plants can be deadly to dogs if eaten or even nibbled. Mistletoe, lilies, Christmas roses, amaryllis, holly, Christmas cactus, jolly, poinsettias, and juniper are all poisonous to our pets over the holidays. Ensure that such plants are kept out of reach of pets.
Make sure that potentially harmful things, such as burning candles, are kept out of harm's way. According to the animal sanctuary, a cat's curiosity or a dog's wagging tail "may be catastrophic." Screens should be installed on fireplaces to prevent dogs from accidently setting fire to themselves.
Create a Safe Place
While blasting Christmas music and celebrating with festivities are two of the most popular December holiday activities, too much noise and commotion can be uncomfortable for our dogs.
If your pet is displaying signs of stress, the San Diego Humane Society suggests establishing a calm and safe environment for them to relax in to prevent overwhelming them. Place their bed and favorite toy, as well as food and fresh water, in that safe location for them.