There’s nothing quite like the holidays. Entire days at a time are devoted to seasonal revelry as we dine, dance, and dash through December. We all roll with it the best that we can, but the individuals that tend to be negatively affected by constant activity usually have four feet. Undoubtedly, pets have more stress and anxiety than we know sometimes, which is why even a modicum of holiday pet safety strategies go a long way.
It’s possible that your pet has previously demonstrated an absolute distrust of all things holiday. Many pets run and hide as soon as the tree is installed and the lights go up. Creatures of habit, pets do not like their routines to be disrupted at all. The best way to soothe any frayed nerves before and during the holidays is to uphold their sense of security via strict adherence to meal times, bathroom breaks, and opportunities for exercise.Continue…
As the song goes, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. However, it’s also one of the most dangerous times of the year for your pet. You may have already exhausted yourself trying to reduce holiday pet risks, but wait! There’s more! Beyond eliminating hazards like poisoning, electric shock, or injury, holiday pet safety dicates that all pet toys and gifts receive careful scrutiny.
Gifts to Avoid
You’d think that toys designed for pets are safe, but that’s not always the case. Consider a fairly innocuous-looking ball, for instance. It may squeak enticingly, but if it’s too small for your pet’s mouth, you could be looking at a serious choking hazard. Always provide adequately-sized balls for chew toys that match the size of your dog’s jaw, mouth, and teeth. Likewise, balls or toys filled with smaller beans or beads could be dangerous if ingested.
If your home is like most this holiday season, there is probably a little more chocolate in the house than usual. Whether it’s the cocoa powder on the counter all ready for your special chocolate mousse pie, the white chocolate holiday bark your kind neighbor brought over, or the box of assorted truffles under the tree, they are all dangerous to unsuspecting and curious pets.
While most humans enjoy chocolate, pets metabolize one of the main components, theobromine, differently than we do. At low doses, chocolate intoxication can cause hyperactive behavior in pets. At slightly higher doses you may see digestive upset (think vomiting and diarrhea). At even higher doses a pet that has ingested too much chocolate may have deadly heart arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), seizures, and coma.
How much chocolate a pet can ingest without suffering from chocolate toxicity is dependent on two factors: Continue…
Chances are it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at your house. As the big day draws near many of us are decking our halls and trimming our trees in preparation for the holiday festivities. But if you have pets, you have a little more to plan for then just where to hang your holly. As a pet owner, or even a pet host, you’ll need to take your pets’ health and safety into consideration as well.
…Not to mention the health and safety of your sentimental treasures and family heirlooms.
Keeping Pets Safe
There is a lot to consider when it comes to keeping your pet safe during the holidays. Chief among your safety concerns are the many little “did-you-knows” when it comes to holiday décor.
Here’s what to look out for: Continue…