Holiday Dangers: How To Keep Your Pet Jolly
The season of Christmas brings with it feelings of undeniable peace and joy, feelings that are displayed wonderfully through beautiful actions and decorations. But while you are taking in all of the breathtaking sights and laughing with family, the only thing on your pet’s mind will be “O’ Christmas Tree, O’ Christmas Tree, how tasty are your branches!” If you’re including your furry friends in this year’s festivities, be sure to take extra precaution when decorating, cooking, and celebrating.
The Christmas Tree
Above all else involving the tree, make sure it is securely anchored so that it cannot tip or fall if your pet happens to come into contact with it. If you know that your pet is sneaky and likes to get into trouble, consider closing off the room containing the tree when you are not home. This way, you can ensure that your pet won’t get its paws on the branches, ornaments, or stagnant tree water.
Playful pets, especially cats, have a love for all things bright and shiny. Tinsel seems like a dream toy to them, but it can quickly turn into a nightmare if gone unnoticed. Play can soon turn into ingestion, which may lead to a variety of issues such as an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, and dehydration. When choosing decorations for the holidays, it’s best to just leave the tinsel at the store.
No matter what type, it’s smart to leave the human food for the humans and not the pets. It’s hard to not slip a little piece here or there when they look at you with such innocent faces, but standing your ground will help your pet feel better in the long run. Fatty foods and spicy foods, along with bones, are absolute no-nos when it comes to what your pet can and cannot consume. Keep an eye on the trash as well, as pets may try to steal what’s been thrown away.
No matter how friendly and energetic your furbabies are, sometimes they simply need time to recuperate from all of the noise and attention. If you are throwing a holiday gathering, it’s important to make sure your pet has a safe, quiet place to retreat to when/if needed. Don’t forget to leave them with fresh water, their favorite toys, and a warm place to rest.