First, allow us to wish you and your family a happy holiday season! Your to-do list is probably overflowing, but hopefully, you’re able to sneak in some quality time with your best furry friend. After all, without extra time and attention, your pet could easily find – or fall into – trouble. Don’t worry, with our holiday pet safety tips and tricks, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy all that glitters this season.
Sweets and Meats
The holidays are brimming with indulgences, but remember, these goodies can be harmful to your pet. Never leave the following out for your pet to sample:
- Fatty meat or skin
- Xylitol-sweetened baked goods
- Grapes, raisins, or currants
- Onions, garlic, or sage
All That Glitters
Seasonal decor is important to the general splendor, but it can also land your pet in hot water. We encourage you to consider:
- Pine needles can bring about pain and discomfort when eaten
- Trees may be sprayed with chemical preservatives that can leach out into the water of the tree stand
- Decorations such as light strings, electrical cords, glass ornaments, and tinsel can all lead to danger
- Edible ornaments like popcorn, dough ornaments, or cranberry strands can be enticing dangers to your pet
In addition to festive firs, other common holiday plants that should be avoided include:
- Holly (the berries are toxic)
- Christmas cactus
Silk flowers/plants are great alternatives, giving you the desired look and feel without all the danger.
Brown Paper Packages
Please keep in mind that presents beneath the tree may be opened immediately by curious pets. While this may seem innocuous, a lot of pain and suffering could occur if they ingest the wrapping and ribbon. Presents may also contain small toys, batteries, and buttons, all of which pose choking hazards. Plus, if the present is an edible gift, a bona fide pet emergency could ensue.
Other Holiday Pet Safety Tips
Being aware of the following items is imperative to holiday pet safety:
- Lit candles
- Simmering potpourri
- Plug-in air fresheners
- Snow globes (some contain antifreeze)
Please give us a call for more information about holiday pet safety. From our families to yours, we wish everyone a happy (and safe) holiday season!