The holidays present a host of hazards to pets. It’s important to be aware of these dangers to keep pets safe.
• Don’t use poisonous plants in your holiday decor. Holly, ivy, mistletoe and poinsettias can be deadly if consumed by most animals. Go with faux plants instead if you desire the look.
• Keep your pets on a steady diet and resist the urge to feed them leftovers from holiday dinner. Abrupt changes in your dog or cat’s diet can cause stomach distress, vomiting and diarrhea.
• Set aside a quiet space your pets can retreat to when there’s just too much commotion in another area of the house. However, putting a dog in the backyard if it is extremely cold is simply off limits.
• Cats love to climb and may take to your Christmas tree. Safeguard against the tree tipping over by securing it with a piece of fishing line anchored into the ceiling or a wall. Also, don’t put lit candles or breakables on areas where cats like to pounce.
• Involve pets in the festivities by buying a special treat they can enjoy for good behavior during the holidays. A new chew or chase toy is a nice idea.
• If you will be traveling during the holidays, make sure your pets are adequately secured in the car and not allowed to roam freely. Use a travel crate or a special seat belt to keep the animals in place.
With some planning and care, you can ensure your pets will be comfortable and content during the holiday season.