Holidays are a joyous time of year for us, but the sparkly decorations, delicious-smelling food, and noisy guests can be a sensory overload for our furry friends. Luckily, we’ve found eight tips to help keep your pets safe, healthy, and happy during the Christmas season.
Before I saw these tips, I had no idea how many dangers were lurking in plain sight during the holidays. Now, I’m making some changes to my household to ensure the safety of my pets. From securing the Christmas tree to providing a quiet place for them to rest and relax, pets can finally have the jolly holiday they deserve!
1. Secure The Christmas Tree
Pictures like these get a lot of laughs online, but failure to secure your tree can lead to pet injury and even death. Also, bacteria and fertilizers in stagnant tree water can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. If you have a live tree, fashion a cover out of tinfoil or a sheet to discourage your pets from using it as a personal drinking dish.
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2. Avoid Mistletoe And Holly
Instead of getting live mistletoe or holly this year, opt for artificial plants. Mistletoe is known to cause stomach and cardiovascular issues when ingested by pets, while holly results in vomiting and diarrhea.
3. Clean Up Wrapping Paper ASAP
You know how babies always seem to like the paper better than the present? The same is true for dogs and cats! Clean up paper ASAP to help your pet avoid choking or developing an intestinal blockage. You can even wrap up an empty box as seen above to manage the mess with style.
4. Don’t Share Christmas Cocktails With The Dog
Without a doubt, one of the dumbest holiday traditions is letting the dog have some beer. However, even if you don’t plan to do that, you should take care to make sure that all alcoholic beverages are out of pets’ reach. When exposed to even small amounts of alcohol, dogs and cats can suffer from respiratory failure and seizures.
5. Same Goes For Holiday Food And Treats!
Holiday food is SO good, it can be tempting to sneak a taste to your furry friends. In reality, though, their sensitive little stomachs just can’t handle it. Meat and fatty leftovers will cause stomachaches and diarrhea, turkey bones can lead to choking, and chocolate is lethal in large quantities.
6. Don’t Leave Candles Unattended
This one should be a no-brainer, but house fires occur every Christmas due to unattended candles. Cats, in particular, are attracted to the warm glow, and may be tempted to knock them over. To avoid this issue, opt for battery-operated candles instead.
7. Hosting Guests? Consider Boarding
Some pets just can’t handle the stress of a household full of unfamiliar people. They may behave badly, or even try to run away. I cried the first time I boarded my dog, but later found out that she had the time of her life! Research boarding facilities in your area and pay them a visit beforehand to put your mind at ease. Believe me when I say that your pet will forgive you.
8. Create Quiet, Relaxing Spaces
If you aren’t boarding your pets for the holidays, be sure to provide them with a quiet and relaxing space that’s all their own. By placing their food and water dishes, toys, and blanket in the area, they’ll quickly recognize it as theirs. Now, when the kids are on a sugar rush and Uncle Johnny’s had a little too much eggnog, they’ll have a safe place to retreat to.
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Share these tips with your friends and family to ensure that pets everywhere have a safe and happy holiday!