Keeping your Pets Safe During the Holidays
The holidays are a time for joy and celebration, but it is important to remember that there may be hazards lurking around that could harm your beloved pets. From decorations and food to visitors and stress, the holidays can be a challenging time for your furry friends. You need to be aware of potential dangers so you can keep your pets safe. That’s why, here at Simple Vet Hospital, we are sharing some tips on how to protect your pet during the holiday season.
Christmas decorations can be beautiful but they can also be dangerous if not properly monitored around pets. Tinsel, ribbons, and holiday wrapping paper can look like fun toys to cats and dogs, but these items can easily end up in their digestive tracts which could lead to serious medical problems. If you have any small ornaments that could fit in a pet’s mouth, make sure they are placed out of reach of your pet. Additionally, it is important to keep an eye on candles or other open flames as they can easily cause burns or even start a fire if knocked over by an excited pet.
Holiday feasts are alluring for both humans and animals alike! Unfortunately, foods like chocolate, raisins & grapes, onions & garlic, dairy products (especially cheese), and yeast dough should never be shared with your pet as they all contain elements that could be toxic. Furthermore, fatty foods such as gravy biscuits or ham hocks should also be avoided because they often cause pancreatitis in animals which can result in abdominal pain and severe diarrhea if consumed. Lastly, bones from poultry or fish should never be given to pets as they are sharp and brittle, so they can easily break into shards that could puncture organs or cause choking. If your pet eats something they shouldn’t, we encourage you to contact us right away.
The holidays often bring visitors from near and far who come bearing gifts. While this is an exciting time for us humans, it may not always be the same case for your furry companions who may feel stressed out by all the unfamiliar faces in their home. It is important to prepare ahead of time by making sure everyone knows not to approach your pet before being given permission from you or another member of your immediate family. Additionally, having a quiet area where your pet can retreat away from all the commotion will help them feel more at ease throughout the visit.
Keeping your pet safe during the holidays requires some extra precautionary measures when it comes to decorations, food consumption, and visitors at home. However, taking these simple steps will ensure that everyone has a happy holiday season.