It's that time of year again. Stores are putting up Christmas decorations before we've carved the turkey, distant family is showing up at our door steps, and we're stuffing Fluffy and Fifi into adorable holiday sweaters for the perfect Christmas card. The holiday season is celebrated as a time of joy and festivity, but did you know it can be a dangerous time of year for pets? Here are some tips to help make sure your holiday season goes well for your furry friend.
Make sure visitors are aware of your pets needs:
We know that grandma loves making sure we get enough to eat, but it is important to let guests know that table food can be dangerous to your pets. Even small scraps can cause dietary indiscretion, vomiting, and diarrhea. In worst case scenarios, eating greasy, seasoned, or uncommon foods can cause life threatening pancreatitis for your pet.
Also, make sure your guests are aware of your pet's schedule. You should ensure that they know where your pets are allowed, that no doors are left open, and that everyone involved is mindful of where animals are at all times to avoid lost pets.
Be mindful of your decorations:
Tinsel and glitter may looks good on the tree, and your cat thinks so too! Low hanging ornaments, edible ornaments, and otherwise enticing decorations may cause your pet to ingest things they otherwise wouldn't make sure you keep this in mind while putting up decorations. Ask yourself, can my pet get a hold of this? If so, is it safe for them to have? If the answer to these questions puts your pet in danger, it may be a good idea to skip certain decorations.
Know that your pet doesn't understand the holidays:
Your pet doesn't know if it's Monday or Tuesday, let alone a holiday. A drastic change in schedule, new people in the house, and changing environment may cause them stress. Make sure your pet has a place to go during the holiday season where they can feel secure and avoid major stresses. Consider adding pheromone plug-ins to help calm them.
If you have any questions regarding your pet's safety over the holidays, please don't hesitate to ask your veterinarian on tips to handle the stress. Happy Pawlidays!