The holidays are a time for family, friends, and fun. But they can also be a time for danger – especially for pets. Keep your furry friends safe this holiday season with our top 10 pet safety tips!
1. Avoid holiday decorations that can be hazardous for pets. Tinsel, ribbons, and other string-like items can cause obstruction in a pet’s intestines if swallowed. Opt for non-toxic ornaments and decorations made of safe materials for pets.
2. Provide plenty of exercise during the holidays and make sure your pet gets enough rest. Pets often become overexcited during holiday gatherings and may need a break from the festivities.
3. Make sure you know where your pet is, especially when guests come over. Make sure doors are closed or locked to protect pets from the streets or strangers.
4. Be mindful of your pet’s diet during the holidays. Many holiday treats can be toxic to pets, and overeating can lead to weight-related health issues.
5. Watch out for electric cords, as they can pose a risk of electrocution to curious cats and dogs. Secure cords with tape or rearrange furniture to keep them away from pets.
6. Avoid scented candles, as some can be toxic for pets. If you do use candles in your home, be sure to keep them out of reach.
7. Don’t leave the Christmas tree water within reach of your pet. Tree water can contain bacteria, fertilizers, and other toxins that can make your pet sick.
8. Keep plants like mistletoe, holly, amaryllis, lily of the valley, and poinsettias out of reach or out of the house – they can be toxic to pets if ingested.
9. Consider keeping your pet in a separate room during holiday parties to ensure their safety and reduce stress for your pet.
10. Have your pet microchipped or ensure their collar has updated contact information, just in case they get out of the house during the holidays. Having your pet’s contact information on their ID tag could help them return home safely if lost.
Following these simple tips ensures your pet has a safe and happy holiday season! Always consult your veterinarian if you have questions or concerns about pet safety. Enjoy the holidays with peace of mind, knowing that your pet is safe and sound. Happy holidays to all!