With the holidays rapidly approaching, we’re gearing up for all the fun and festivities of the season. This includes decking the halls, baking up our favorite sweet treats, wrapping up gifts and having friends and family over. If you’re a pet parent like me, your furry kids probably have their own stockings, get new toys and treats, and may even get their picture taken with Santa Paws. Including pets at the holidays adds to the joy and spirit season. Emergency vet visits, not so much. Our list of Holiday Safety Tips for Pets will help keep them safe and comfortable this holiday season.
DECORATIONS & PLANTS
Oh Tannenbaum, the Tree of Temptation
Pretty Plants & Glowing Accessories
FOOD & DRINK
Share Your Love, Not Your Food
It’s tempting to want to share your holiday food with your furry friend. Those pitiful puppy dog eyes plead for just one bite of what’s on your plate. But even if you’ve sworn off your diet for the holidays, don’t ruin theirs! And don’t forget to remind your guests that in your zoo, “Please Don’t Feed the Animals”.
Careful With the Cocktails
WRAPPING PAPER, RIBBONS & BAGS
Neatly Wrapped & Tied With a Bow – Unless You Have a Cat
If your pets are like mine, they have this sixth sense about when you’re getting ready to wrap gifts. Before I even pull out the paper, tape and scissors, they are hovering around the table stacked with gifts, ready for the fun to begin. While it can be amusing and entertaining, even if slightly annoying, to watch your pets play with paper and ribbon, these items can easily and accidentally be ingested, which may lead to airway or intestinal obstructions.
VISITORS & LOUD NOISES
“Welcome to My House – Oh, I’m Sorry, That’s How I Say Hello”
The holiday season is the time of year when friends and family gather for dinners, parties and get-togethers. If you’re planning on hosting parties or having friends and family stay with you, it’s best to get your pets prepared; and a sit down conversation isn’t going to work.
Cranking Up the Volume
By keeping your pets safe over the holiday season and following our Holiday Pet Safety Tips, not only will you avoid a costly emergency vet visit (which usually means someone’s giving up a gift or two), you, your guests and your pets will all enjoy the fun and festivities and ring in the New Year with a smile.