Christmas is a joyous occasion, but if you aren’t careful the foods and decorations of the holiday season can be dangerous for your pet. Learn how to prevent disaster by reading this article.
Before doing anything else, get prepared for the worst-case scenario by finding and storing the phone number and address of your emergency clinic. If your pet gets into trouble you will need to take an immediate trip to the emergency veterinarian. Know their Locations:
What is Christmas without yummy treats? Go ahead and enjoy them, but remember that most holiday foods are not safe for animals. Many of these foods are found in our favorite Christmas dishes. So please don’t give your pet any leftovers. You can learn more from our Thanksgiving post: These Thanksgiving Foods are Dangerous for Pets.
If decorating a tree is one of your traditions, you must keep your pet’s safety in mind. It’s best if you can erect a barrier that will block your pet’s access to the tree, but if this isn’t possible there are other precautions you can take.
Although pine needles aren’t poisonous to pets, Wag! says they might irritate your animal’s mouth and GI tract, leading to vomiting and diarrhea. But even worse, the needles may puncture or obstruct your pet’s internal organs. Such cases can be fatal. Prevent disaster by regularly cleaning up any pine needles that fall on the ground and keeping a close eye on your pet.
Make sure your tree is secured your and the tree stand stable, so it won’t fall over and land on your pet.
Your tree needs water, but don’t put any additives in it. If your dog or cat takes a drink from your tree’s water these additives could be harmful to your pet.
Keep the following points in mind when decorating your tree:
Although beautiful, many of the plants we admire at Christmas are toxic to animals. These include:
See the ASPCA list to get a complete overview of plants that are dangerous for your pet. Or make it easy on yourself and choose fake plants over real plants.
Remember, if your pet gets into any decorations, plants, or foods that could be dangerous, make an immediate trip to the veterinarian. Any delays could risk your pet’s life.
But your Christmas doesn’t have to be spoiled by an emergency. As long as you keep safety a priority your pet will be well protected. So, enjoy the holiday season with your fur baby!
We all need exercise, especially after celebrating the holidays, but did you know that includes your pet? Fortunately, neither one of you has to suffer through a boring routine because there are many different ways to exercise your pet.
Thanksgiving is a fun-filled holiday centered around rich foods. Unfortunately, most of these foods are not safe for your pet to eat. Keep reading to learn what animals can and can’t have on Thanksgiving Day.
Halloween is right around the corner. You might be excited about all the fun activities surrounding the event, but have you considered how to keep your furry friend safe? Don’t let the festivities distract you from protecting your pet. Keep reading to learn how you can enjoy Halloween while ensuring the safety of your pooch.