9 Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe During the Holidays

Posted: Dec 19 2017



December abounds with holiday celebrations, and many pet parents plan to include their furry family members in the festivities. As you gear up for the holidays, it’s easy to forget about the small things that can pose a real danger to dogs and cats. Let's take a look at some tips that will allow your pets to really enjoy the holiday this year, while avoiding any unpleasant emergency trips to the vet.


1. Secure the Christmas Tree


Christmas trees can tip over if pets climb on them or try to play with the lights and ornaments. Consider securely anchoring your Christmas tree so it doesn't tip and fall, causing possible injury to your pet. Do not put lights on the tree's lower branches. Not only can your pet get tangled up in the lights, electric lights can also cause burns when a curious pet chews the cords.


2. Choose Decoration and Ornaments Wisely


Tinsel and other holiday decorations can add a nice sparkling touch to the tree, but can also be tempting for pets to eat, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, dehydration, and possible surgery. Keep both breakable ornaments and small stuffed ones out of reach; they can easily be mistaken for a dog toy.



3. Avoid Flowers and Festive Plants


Mistletoe & Holly can add a touch of festive whimsy when you decorate your place for the holidays. But did you know that they can also cause severe illness in dogs and cats? Holly, when ingested, can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. Opt for just-as-jolly artificial plants made from silk or plastic, or choose a pet-safe bouquet.


4. Keep Wrapping Paper Away From Your Pets


When gift wrapping, be sure to keep your pet away. Wrapping paper, string, plastic, or cloth could cause intestinal blockages. Scissors are another hazard, be sure to keep them in a safe place where your pets cannot reach.


5. Avoid Giving Your Pet Fragile Presents


If you choose to give your pet gifts for the holiday, make sure the presents are big enough to prevent the choking hazard. Be aware of your dog’s chewing habits; if you have a puppy or an active chewer, avoid toys that can be broken into smaller pieces. Gift them tough chew toys such as R2P Pet’s Mega Chewz. Mega Chewz tough toys are the ideal toys for heavy chewers. These durable chew toys are made of a high-strength material that is designed to handle high impact.


6. Prevent Holiday Food Dangers


Keep human food away from pets. Sweet, fatty and spicy foods that we commonly eat during the holidays are certainly not for pets and can cause an upset stomach or even life-threatening illness. This includes sweets such as chocolates and other baked goods, turkey and turkey skin, table scraps such as gravy and meat fat, and yeast dough. Sometimes even small amounts of these human foods can cause a life-threatening condition in pets known as pancreatitis.


7. Plan a Pet-Safe Holiday Gathering


If you plan to throw a holiday party, keep in mind that lots of visitors can scare pets, as can the noise and excitement of holiday parties. You should Inform your guests in advance that you have pets or if other guests may be bringing pets to your house. All pets should have access to a comfortable, quiet place inside if they want to retreat. Also remember to clear the food from your table, counters, and serving areas when you are done using them—and make sure the trash gets put where your pet can’t reach it. Another tip: Give your pets an early dinner before the party so they are less tempted to beg for food.


8. Keep Your Pet Calm During New Year’s Celebration


As you count down to the new year, please keep in mind that strings of thrown confetti can get lodged in a cat or dogs intestines if ingested, and may require surgery to remove. Many pets are terrified of fireworks and noisy party poppers, both of which can cause damage to their sensitive ears. So be sure to secure your pet in a safe, quiet and escape-proof room as midnight approaches.



9. Always Plan Ahead


Be prepared for any emergency by planning your route to your veterinary clinic in advance. Also be sure that all of your pets veterinary records are easily accessible to you in the event of an emergency to save yourself worlds of stress.

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