The Holiday season is a wonderful time of year, but also busy and can be stressful for you as well as your pets. It is important to take precautions and be aware of holiday items that could be harmful or treats that could be toxic.
Here are a few tips and things to look out for during this holiday season:
Parties can be extremely stressful if your pet is not used to be around a lot of people. If you aren't sure how they will do in a large group setting, you can test it out at the beginning of the party by attaching your dog to you with a short leash! This way, your pet is close to you and you can keep an eye on them to see if they are having a good time or not. Also, keep an eye out for guests who may try to sneak your pet a irresistible bit of human food that they shouldn't have.
If your pet cannot handle the stress, make a nice cozy place for them to rest where they won't be bothered. Make sure they have something to keep them occupied. Soothing music and natural calming oils can also help keep them at ease as well.
Chocking hazards- Chicken or turkey bones are a choking hazard and can also lead to intestinal punctures if swallowed.
Toxic treats/decorations: Homemade Salt dough paw print ornaments - High amount of salt makes this appetizing for dogs, but is very toxic and can lead to death
Chocolate- Excessive vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and increased heart rate, and muscle tension are signs of chocolate poisoning.
Mistletoe- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
Holly- gastrointestinal upset, cardiovascular problems
Lilies- can cause kidney failure in cats
Christmas tree- Make sure the tree is stable and won't tip over. Keep your tree hydrated. A dry tree with lights left on too long can be a fire hazard.
Menorah/Channukiah- don't leave candles burning unattended and keep out of reach of pets.
Wires/cords- if chewed on, cables will cause electric shock leading to severe injury or even death
Tinsel- choking hazard and can get lodged in intestines
For more information and tips on how to keep your pet safe visit: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/holiday-safety-tips
Happy Holidays from our family to yours!