Keep Your Pets Free From Danger This Holiday Season
The holiday season is a great time to make new memories with your family, and this includes your furry family members, too! Let’s just make sure those memories don’t include an emergency visit to the pet clinic. Here’s an important list of things you should keep an eye out for this holiday season:
- Human Food – The holiday season sees a lot of activity in the kitchen and many tasty smells flowing from your tables and inside the garbage can. Ensure all human foods and tasty goodies (chocolate and candy) are covered and out of a pet’s reach. Allow pets to stick to their regular diet. Any human foods can present a significant risk to their health.
- Tinsel and Ornaments – Pets who ingest tinsels, ribbons or ornaments can develop a foreign body obstruction. Surgery to treat this can be expensive and quite traumatic. Keep all decorations away from pets. It’s extremely harmful.
- Plants – Popular holiday plants such as poinsettias, holly and mistletoe can cause mouth irritation, vomiting, diarrhea and other problems. Play it safe and contact your veterinarian if you believe your pet has been chewing on any of these plants.
- Lighting – Pets are attracted to bright, shiny objects, making holiday lighting potentially hazardous. Keep your dogs and cats away from all holiday lighting, wires and cords to protect them from electric shock, burns, tongue lacerations and even death.
- Guests – We’re not saying you should steer clear from having guests at your house, but the chances are you will have many friends and family stopping by over the holidays. Some of those guests may not know how to properly interact with pets or be comfortable around them, especially children. Take this opportunity to teach kids how to approach and interact with your animals. And not every pet can be sociable, so having company over could overwhelm them. Keep your pets emotions in mind as well.
Let your holiday season be jolly and safe by keeping a watchful eye on your pets. If your pet gets into any treats or decorations, contact your veterinarian. Mercy Pet Clinic is here to help and be your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your furry four-legged friends.