Top 5 Dangers for Pets During Christmas
Christmas is upon us! Carolers are singing, lights are being strung, and children are building snow-forts.
But, wait! This can be a dangerous time of year for our fur kids! How? Let's review the top 5 dangers.
#1 Tinsel, String, and Garland
Although beautiful when decorating, these three items can be very dangerous to our pets if swallowed! To our fur kids it is an invitation for playtime, batting at these shiny or yarn-like items. It is best to leave these three items off the tree and away from little "paws" reaching them.
#2 Chocolate and Other Foods
Yes, we want to "treat" our pets throughout the holidays too! But, be very careful what you give them. Certain human foods can make a pet very ill, and too much can cause diarrhea or vomiting. Chocolate is considered poisonous to our fur friends, so keep those wonderful holiday treats out of their reach and make sure to keep special treats made just for them on hand.
#3 Holiday Plants
Mistletoe, Lilies, Holly, and Poinsettias are all very toxic and dangerous if eaten by our fur kids. These holiday plants are lovely, but in a household with fur kids, they are not a good match. Don't decorate your home with these plants. Talk to your florist about plants that are festive for this time of year, but safe for pets.
#4 Christmas Tree
The biggest part of Christmas decorating can also be one of the most hazardous for pets! Kitties LOVE to climb and puppies LOVE to jump! Make sure your Christmas tree is anchored securely. Also, consider keeping the lower half of the tree undecorated, so as not to entice your fur kids to "bat" at ornaments or pull at decorations or lights!
Family is a big part of this time of year! Parties and guests may be common at your home. However, for Fido and Fife, frequent guests may give them the opportunity to "door dart" or cause anxiety. Consider providing your fur kids a quiet area and allowing only supervised visitations. This will help pets from being stressed by rambunctious children, being fed food they probably shouldn't have, and prevent them from escaping out the "revolving" door of guests coming and going.
Christmas is a joyful time of year, and a visit to an emergency vet can dampen your spirits. I hope these tips help to keep your pets safe!