The holidays are here again, which means it’s time to celebrate with your friends and family. Your celebrations wouldn’t be complete without your four-legged family members, and it’s up to you to make sure your pets stay safe during the holiday season. In addition to routine visits to your veterinarian during the year, there are additional precautions you can take around the holidays to ensure your pets are healthy and safe. Keep reading to learn about the basics of holiday safety for pets and their owners.
If you decorate your house during the holiday season, make sure you do it in a way that keeps your pets safe. A Christmas tree should be securely anchored so that it won’t accidentally fall over, especially if your pets tend to be curious and like to nudge the tree. Other plant decorations such as holly and mistletoe can cause nausea and even cardiovascular problems if your pet ingests them. Look for artificial plants if you want that festive look, or find flowers and leaves that are pet-friendly just in case your animal eats something.
You probably know that there are certain foods that are fine for humans to eat, but that can be harmful to your pets. Chocolate and anything sweetened with xylitol are dangerous for animals, so make sure you keep any sweet treats well out of reach of your pets. Make sure that any alcoholic drinks are where your pet can’t get to them, as alcohol can cause serious problems including coma. Remind your guests not to give bones or extra fatty scraps to your pet, even if their pleading eyes are hard to ignore.
Depending on your pet’s personality, you can have him be a part of your holiday party or keep him in his own quiet room with food and water. Make sure your guests know that your pet is present so that doors are not accidentally left open.
Horizon Animal Hospital in Scottsdale provides quality veterinary care to your pets as though they were our own. Contact us at (480) 800-4559 to schedule an appointment for your pet, or to learn more about keeping your pet safe during the holidays. We are proud to be accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association.
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