Pet safety is very important doing the holiday season.
Isn’t this the best time of year? Everyone is cheerful and busy. Many families are making plans to get together to celebrate this special holiday season. Is your family making big plans? How about plans with your pet? The holidays are busy, fun and need to be safe for your pet, we are going to pet safety tips for your holiday season.
Dogs are really good at watching and listening to their people and your pet knows that SOMETHING big is happening around them. When your parents are extra busy, it is a good time for you to give your cat or dog a little more attention and care.
Sometimes when a family gets super busy with holiday activities they may forget a few simple safety reminders that will keep your pets safe during this season. Here are a few important safety tips for you and your family in the coming weeks.
- Some Christmas decorative plants are toxic for pets to ingest. Keep Mistletoe, Holly and Poinsettia plants up high where your pet cannot use them as a snack.
- Make sure that your Christmas tree is anchored in place so that your pet cannot knock it over.
- Do not allow your dog or cat to drink the tree water. It can contain fertilizer and bacteria from standing too long.
- The pine needles from a real tree can puncture the intestines of a small pet. Even the needles from an artificial tree can cause damage.
- Warn your pet away from the tree light cords.
- While wrapping your holiday gifts, keep track of your supplies if your pet is around. Ribbon, string, tape and other small items can be harmful if swallowed.
- After opening your gifts, be sure to hide any small pieces safely away from puppy curiosity.
- You may be tempted to share your holiday goodies with your dog. But chocolate is dangerous for pets and too many sugary or rich foods will make him sick.
- If your family has a big party, it might be a good idea to give your pet a quiet room to stay if he is the nervous type. At least let him know there is a safe place to hide if needed.
Your pet can sense that there may be some extra holiday stress in the home. Give him all the comfort and attention that you can. Cuddles and playtime are the number request on your pet’s Holiday Wish List!
Happy Holidays Spunky Fans!
Susie is a freelance writer who has always had a dog as part of her family since childhood. Her current writing partner is Layla, a mixed breed Labrador and Cocker Spaniel. http://susieklein.wordpress.com/
Based in Phoenix AZ., animal lover Kelly Preston is an award winning author of Real Dogs Don’t Whisper, a book in which she talks about her experiences and adventures with her special needs dogs and the life lessons they have taught – how she has learned and grown from them and they have learned and grown from her. Preston also produces Mr.MaGoo’s Corner, a free monthly dog-focused newsletter that features a reader of the month, birthday announcements, green pet tips, organic dog recipes and more.