Holiday Pet Safety Tips
The holiday season is right around the corner. Colder weather, decorations, and parties can create safety hazards for pets. Here is a list of simple tips to keep you pets safe this holiday season.
1.Cold Weather Hazards: De-icing products, salt, and ice can cause skin irritation on paws. Be sure to thoroughly wipe your pet’s paws and tummy when he comes in from the cold. Be sure to wipe up any spilled antifreeze-dogs and cats like the sweet taste.
2.Keep Holiday Decorations out of Reach: Ingestion of glass, metal, ribbons or tinsel can lead to serious medical emergencies for pets. Also keep snow globes and artificial snow away from pets as they contain chemicals that can be harmful if ingested.
3.Place Holiday Plants High off the Ground: Ivy, holly, mistletoe, poinsettia, lilies and Christmas greens can all be toxic to animals if ingested. Also, don’t allow pets to drink Christmas tree water, as it can be harmful too.
4.Keep a Watchful Eye on Pets: Sometimes the hustle and bustle of holiday parties can frighten animals and cause them to run away. Designate a quiet, secure “pet room” away from the crowd, and be sure that your pet is microchipped and wearing a collar with current ID tags.
5.Fight the Temptation to Feed Table Scraps: Fatty holiday meats can cause a number of gastrointestinal problems while bones can cause bowel obstructions or choking. Also remember, no chocolate for pets! This sweet treat contains a chemical that is toxic to pets.