Holiday Pet Safety Tips
Keep Your Pets Safe and Happy During the Holidays
The holidays can be full of activity, fun, family and friends – great for us humans, but the disruption to routines is sometimes unsettling – and dangerous – for our pets. Keep your holidays happy by taking a few precautions to keep your pets safe and happy during the holidays.
- Make sure your pet has a quiet place to relax in during holiday get-togethers, as the noise and activity can be unsettling.
- Certain common holiday plants are known to be hazardous for pets, including holly, mistletoe, and poinsettia. Either use artificial versions or keep them safely out of reach of your pet.
- Christmas trees pose a variety of hazards for pets. Pine needles can puncture the gastrointestinal tract if swallowed. Oils can irritate the mouth and skin.
- Stagnant treestand water can contain a host of chemicals and bacteria.
- Speaking of Christmas trees, make sure to keep decorations, lights and tinsel out of Spot or Tabby’s reach. Sparkly decorations and chewy electrical cords can be very appealing – and dangerous!
- Make sure your tree is firmly anchored so it won’t tip over on a curious pet.
- Holiday candles add a festive glow and fragrance to your home, but never leave them unattended and be careful your pet can’t get at them and possibly tip them over or get burned.
- Fatty, sweet, chocolaty holiday snacks and treats can make it hard for humans to stick to a healthy diet, and they can be even worse for your pets! Don’t succumb to the temptation to share treats or leftovers with your pet – instead include them with treats specially created for pets.
- Take extra care that pets don’t find cocktails or other alcoholic beverages left over from holiday parties.