As we head into the holiday season, it is important to think of our pets, and remember little things to keep them safe.
During this time of year, we may be hosting new guests that are strangers to our pets, and cooking big meals that might sound tasty to them. By following these tips, we can be a little more precautious when making our holiday preparations.
1. Check out our list of things not to feed your pet.
You can see the list here. These include things like bones, alcohol, onions, and even picking up leftover packaging. Avoid giving them any sort of table scraps that can upset their stomach, or worse, be toxic in some way to them. Instead, try making them a pet friendly treat.
2. Watch the Décor
By keeping things like lights and certain plants picked up, you can avoid them being ingested by your pet. Make sure not to leave burning candles in their reach, as this can be dangerous. Many different plants that we might put out this time of year, are actually harmful to our pets.
3. Keep a list of emergency contacts
During the holidays, you never know what can happen with your pet. Always be prepared in advance in case they do get into something that they are not supposed to.
4. Make sure their ID information is up to date
It is important all the time to update your pet’s microchip information all the time, but especially during the holiday when there are people in and out of your house. It is also always a great idea to keep an ID tag on them if possible as well. Remember for cats, a breakaway collar is ideal!
5. Watch the Front door as Closely as Possible
With people in and out, it is important to keep the door shut as much as you can, to prevent unwanted escapes by your pet!
6. Give them a Quiet Space of their own
A room stocked with a favorite food or treat, water and maybe some enrichment is great for your pet. That way they can get out of the busy hustle and bustle and have a retreat for themselves.
7. Make them a snack they can eat!
To avoid giving them foods that can upset their stomachs or cause pancreatitis, try making them a treat that they can eat.
8. Keep Trash Picked up
Make sure that your trash bin is secure, and when cleaning up after the festivities, you pick up all the leftover trash. don’t leave any excess food, bones, packaging, or decorations where your pet will be able to ingest them.
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