Holiday Hints for Pet Owners

…’tis the season…for many visitors, rich foods, fireplaces, gift giving and other seasonal activities. The holidays are a fun time of year that can make your pet feel not so jolly.

This blog has some tips to make sure that you and your pets will have a happy season.

The Food

  • Keep your pet’s diet the same. Pets do not like change. Having the regular diet ensures your pet that the routine is the same. Your pet then will feel more secure.
  • Resist the temptation to feed your pet from the table. These treats can cause indigestion, upset tummies, vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Do not ever give your dog chocolate, nuts and candy. Nuts and hard candy can cause your dog to choke. Chocolate contains theobromine, which is poison to your pets.
  • Even small amounts of turkey and turkey skin can cause pancreatitis, which is a painful irritation of the pancreas.

The Guests

  • Create a special place for your pets that is separate from all the noise and activity.
  • To prepare for the holiday and two weeks prior to having guests over at your house, let your pet get used to this new area by placing there the cat box and favorite toys.
  • Place a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door. Your pets really don’t want strangers coming into their space. Cats and dogs are after all territorial. Stranger danger is real to them.

Deck the Halls

  • Decorations are tempting play things for your pets. Keep decorations out of reach of your pets. Make sure that the decorations are “pet proof”, and are not a choking hazard.
  • Glimmering and dangling lights on Christmas trees can be scary to some pets and intriguing to other pets. Hang all Christmas decorations where your pets can’t reach them. Cats are known to jump onto Christmas trees so make sure that your tree is secure.
  • Keep a screen around your fireplace, and make sure that your pets cannot drag the Christmas stockings into the lit fireplace. Do not leave your pets alone in a room when the fireplace is lit and candles are burning.

Pretty Dangers

  • Holiday plants and berries are pretty, but they are poisonous to pets. Do not have in the house the following plants.

Poinsettia

Chrysanthemum

Amaryllis

Periwinkle

Mistletoe

  • If mistletoe is so important to have in your house, then, make sure the plant is out of reach of your pets. Learn the proper first aid treatment if your pet does eat these plants.
  • ASPCA Poison Control Hotline: 1-888-426-4435 (A fee may apply.)

Gift Ideas

  • Dental Hygiene Bones
  • Conditioning Chew Toys
  • New Blanket or Pet Bed
  • Interactive Toys
  • Scratching Post
  • Grooming Set
  • Pet Relaxation Music
  • Sweaters, Jackets or Booties
  • Leashes, Collars or Gentle Leader
  • Visits to the pet sitter when it is just too hectic at your house.

Source Document:

https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/holidays.aspx?utm_source=prettyurl&utm_campaign=holiday&utm_term=holiday

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