Holiday Pet Safety Tips!

It’s that time of year again! Houses are dripping with yards of garland, shiny glass bulbs and strings of twinkling lights. While this is surely a winter wonderland for you, there are a few things to remember to keep the holidays merry for your pet.

Christmas Tree

Anchor your tree. Cats that like to climb an dogs that bound through the house may knock it over. The tree may fall on your pet, or scatter your ornaments that were once out of reach of your pet, providing a range of shiny new toys for them. If you have a live tree, guard the base to discourage pets from drinking the tree water. Stangnant water grows all kinds of bacteria, and your tree may have been coated with fertilizers and pesticides which could end up in the water. It’s safer all around for your pet to stay away. Also, try to refrain from decorating your tree with food, such as stringing popcorn and berries. Pet’s will be more inclined to pull down a tree that smells delicious. Fragile ornaments should be hung high on the tree, far away from swatting paws and wagging tails.

Tinsel and Garland

Cats especially like to play with this stringy, shiny stuff, however, if your cat eats it, it can cause intestinal upset and blockage. It may even result in surgery! The same goes for confetti from your New Year’s celebration. It’s best to keep it out of reach or closely monitor your cats.

Food

There is plenty of rich holiday food to go around, and no doubt your pet will be begging for table scraps, but please refrain from feeding an abundance of rich fatty foods to your furry friend. It could result in GI upset and diarrhea. Do not feed your pet chicken or turkey bones, as they can splinter and cause additional stomach issues. If you are having lots of company in the house, please remind them not to feed your pets from their plates, and no matter how crazy your party gets, never feed your pet any alcohol. Foods to avoid are: chocolate, alcohol, uncooked dough, fruits and nuts, wrappers and aluminum foil, and any medications. Also, keep an eye on your trash can! Even though you may not be offering your pet food, it is still available to them with a little ingenuity.

Plants

Pretty holiday pants can add a beautiful, festive flair to your home, but beware that many holiday plants including; holly, mistletoe and poinsettias are poisonous. Keep them safely out of reach of your pets.

Candles and Lights

Do not leave lighted candles unattended, and use appropriate candle holders on a stable surface so they are less likely to be knocked over. Holiday lights should also be closely monitored, and wires and batteries should be kept out of your pet’s reach.

Gifts

If you are giving your pets toys this holiday season, make sure they are safe and appropriate. Do not allow pets to play with your childrens toys as they may have parts that can break or be swallowed. Also, please DO NOT give a pet as a gift unless you are certain it is part of the family’s plan. Pets are not just a bit of holiday fun, they are a big commitment. Make sure the recipient is able to handle the responsibility that comes with being a pet owner.

Last, but not least, enjoy your pet this holiday season! There is nothing quite as cozy as seeing your dog curled up in front of the fireplace, or your cat batting around the opened wrapping paper. They love the season just as much as we do. Happy Holidays from us here at MAC.

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