Four Holiday Hazards That All Pet Owners Should Know About
With the holiday season in full swing, I thought I’d take a moment to give you some tips on how to keep your pet safe. With the hustle and bustle of the season, it can be easy to forget how certain things may affect your pets. Since we all want to start the new year with happy and healthy pets, let’s take a look at some common holiday pet hazards compliments of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
- Winter decorations: The holidays bring lots of seasonal home decorations, such as candles, decorated trees, and potpourri. Pet owners are urged to make sure pets are not left alone in decorated rooms to avoid potential dangerous situations. Also, the shine of tinsel can easily attract the attention of a curious cat, and there are serious medical consequences if ingested. It is suggested that cat owners leave tinsel off of the tree.
- Holiday plants: Some holiday favorites such as Poinsettia, Mistletoe, Holly, and Lilies are actually harmful to pets. These plants should be kept out of pets’ reach.
- Holiday food: One of the main challenges that comes along with the holiday season is the excess of food. Keep “people food” in places that cannot be accessed by your pets. Ask your guests not to give your pets any treats from the table. Foods that contain chocolate, Xylitol, grapes/raisins, and onions are especially toxic to pets.
- Holiday guests: The holidays tend to bring lots of family and friends together in one place. Some pets get scared or excited around crowds or when they see new faces. It’s advised that pets are placed in a separate room while guests are visiting. This can also help with keeping your pets away from harmful holiday foods!
For more holiday health tips for your pet, visit www.avma.org.
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