As you get ready for the holiday season, here are some ways to keep your pets safe and warm.
Trees and Holiday Plants
- Securely anchor your Christmas tree so it doesn't tip and fall, causing possible injury to your pet.
- Brighten your boughs with something other than tinsel as it is very attractive to animals and if swallowed can lead to an obstructed digestive tract.
- Avoid keeping mistletoe, holly and poinsettia plants in your home if you have pets as they can cause gastrointestinal and cardiovascular issues and even death if ingested.If you do bring them into your home, place them where your pets can't get to them.
- Keep lights and ornaments out of reach of your pets.
Food and Drink
- Sweet treats like chocolate can be lethal to your pets.
- Leftovers can be great but not for pets and can result in costly medical bills.
- If your holiday celebrations include adult beverages, make sure you keep all alcohol out of reach of your pets.
- Loud music, noisy poppers and fireworks can be stressful to pets so consider giving your pet a room of their own, complete with fresh water and a comfy place to relax.
- Inform visitors of your household rules (i.e. no human food or drink, what pets are allowed outside, etc.).
- Make sure your pet is licensed and microchipped in case they escape during all the holiday activity.
By following these tips, you are giving your pet the best gift of them all. A safe and stress free holiday!