The following days are going to be extremely busy and stressful for everybody but besides everything you have on your plate – metaphorically and literally – don’t forget to ensure your pet’s safety during holidays.
Keeping a routine is hard these days but your pet needs it more than ever, especially since this time of the year might be very stressful for them too. Many people coming to their environment or you leaving the house more than usual could generate high stress to your dog or cat or piglet.
If you are one of the families who make their Christmas tree the central point for decorations, anchor the tree and make sure it can’t fall down easily if your furry friend decides that jumping through its branches is a funny game. Besides that, ensure that your pet doesn’t have easy access to the tree water since it might cause diarrhea and nausea or an upset stomach no matter if it contains fertilizers or not.
Another thing you should pay much attention to is the tinsel, since if swallowed, it can lead to vomiting and dehydration or even an obstruction in the digestive system. Especially if you have a cat who likes to play with shiny moving objects maybe you should reconsider putting tinsel on your Christmas tree.
If your pet usually chews electric cords, make sure you hide any cords from Christmas lights or other decorations which use electricity. A good idea would be to hide the cables behind furniture, tape them to the floor or use spiral cable wrap.
Candles in the trees are a bad idea not only for pets but for anybody so try to replace them with the plastic battery-powered imitations. If your pet is a bird avoid lighting candles in any places especially if the bird flies free. But even if they don’t, the smoke inhalation can hurt them very easily.
You might think this takes the fun out of everything but holly and mistletoe are also dangerous for your pets, causing different affections from nausea and vomiting to gastrointestinal and cardiovascular problems. Artificial alternatives are available on the market but those might be a choking hazard for both pets and kids so try to place them in higher spots.
Last but not least, ensure your pet’s safety during holiday’s parties. If you have guests teach them not to feed your dog scraps from the table and not to leave unattended plates or glasses. Also, during parties, make sure that your pet has a quiet space in case they need it.
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