We all want to make the holiday season wonderful for our loved ones, and that includes our furry family members, too. Creating a pet friendly holiday is about so much more than putting some treats in your pet’s stocking; keeping tabs on their safety and health are crucial during this special time of year.
Take a look at our holiday do’s and don’ts to keep your pets feeling merry and bright this holiday season!
Pet Friendly Holiday Do’s and Don’ts
As you make your last minute preparations, keep the following in mind…
Do decorate with pet safety in mind. Tinsel is extremely tempting to our feline friends, but can lead to a dangerous intestinal blockage if ingested. Strings of electric lights can pose a risk of shock or entanglement, and should be positioned where pets can’t reach them. Similarly, move glass ornaments and other breakables out of reach.
Don’t share table scraps and holiday treats with pets, and make sure your guests know to do the same. Common holiday foods such as chocolate, raisins/grapes, macadamia nuts, garlic/onions, and anything sweetened with Xylitol can pose serious health hazards to pets.
Do familiarize yourself with holiday plants that can be toxic, such as mistletoe, holly, lilies, or amaryllis. If you decide to bring any of these plants into your home, be sure to keep them out of reach of your pets.
Don’t leave your leftovers out and uncovered, and make sure not to leave the trash can anywhere it can be accessed by pets. Garbage such as poultry bones, aluminum foil and plastic wrap, ribbon, and raw bread dough can lead to poisoning, gastrointestinal blockage, or a dangerous condition known as pancreatitis.
Do provide your pet with a quiet place to escape from the holiday hustle and bustle when necessary, as even the most social pet can wind up feeling stressed from a constant flow of visitors and new objects in the home. An out of the way room with your pet’s bed or crate, water, and toys may be all that is needed for some quality down time.
Don’t travel with your pet without bringing their medical records. Make sure your pet has had a wellness exam and is up to date on vaccines and parasite preventives as well, and have the name and number of the nearest emergency veterinary clinic on hand.
Do take some time each day to play with, walk, or just sit quietly with your pet. After all, the holiday season is about spending time with those most important to us, including our pets.
We know you want to make this holiday season the best ever for your pet, whether they have been naughty or nice this year! From all of us at Furever Family Veterinary Care Center, happy holidays!