KEEP YOUR PETS SAFE DURING THE HOLIDAYS
Those of you who have pets know how crazy and chaotic the holiday season can be fulfilling schedules, catering to family, friends, and yes…..your beloved pet. Here are a few simple tips to follow to help you survive the holiday season.
Tip #1: NO TABLE FOOD PLEASE! Dogs, cats and some exotic pets can become very ill after eating holiday leftovers. Yes, our pets are probably begging at the table for that leftover steak bone, ham bone, or chicken/turkey leg but it can be very dangerous for their digestive tract. Bones can break apart and cause obstruction, laceration of the intestines/esophagus, or gas and pain. Also, foods rich in fat can cause pancreatitis in pets which is sometimes a difficult and painful condition to treat. NO SWEETS OR CHOCHOLATE PLEASE! Many sweet candy and desserts may contain xylitol which is toxic to pets. Keep those snacks well out of reach of your pets or put them up when there is no supervision. Also, don’t forget about the cocktails. Yes pets have been known to take a sip or two of alcoholic drinks.
Tip #2: BE WARY OF HOLIDAY PLANTS! There are many species of plants that are toxic to our pets but these holiday plants can cause death: mistletoe, holly, and poinsettias. Don’t forget to keep pets away from potpourri as well.
Tip #3: DECORATIONS CAN BE DANGEROUS! Please be mindful when picking out your decorations and where they will be placed in or outside the home. Trees used for decorations can be a source of playtime especially for the cats! Make sure the tree is well seated and won’t fall when your cat decides to climb it, or the dog chases something into it. If the tree is real, make sure there are no fertilizers or pesticides sprayed on the tree. Ornaments on the tree can cause choking or obstruction if ingested. TINSLE should never be used, especially if you own a cat! If you have mechanical decorations, they may cause anxiety and fear in your pet, so make sure you read their body language before leaving them on through the holidays.
Tip #4: GIVE THEM TIME ALONE OR AWAY FROM THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE! Make sure your pet has a safe zone they can retreat to when family and friends invade your home. Not all pets are social butterflies and too much noise and commotion may create anxiety in your pet. Watch their body language and have a nice quiet place they can go to for relaxation.
Tip #5: PRESENTS!!!! The point of the holidays is to celebrate family and friends and be grateful for all the wonderful things, people, and yes even pets in your life. If you want to give your pets presents, make sure they are safe and healthy. Avoid ribbons, yarn and strings for the cats. Avoid rawhides and bones for the dogs. Enjoy your time with them and remember attention alone can make their holiday!
If you have any questions or need our assistance, please call or come by! Happy Holiday Season from MAH!