Pet Holiday Safety – Holiday Safety Tips For Your Fur Babies
The holidays have arrived in Wisconsin! For those with one or more four-legged friends in the house like we do, it’s time to go over some safety tips. After all, you want all of your family members to enjoy the festivities even your fur babies!!
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which operates the 24-hour Animal Poison Control Center (888) 426-4435, takes calls year-round about pets being exposed to potentially hazardous yet common household items. With the house filled with guests, presents, and decorations during the holidays, the risks multiply!
Here are some things to remember and consider from Thanksgiving and into the New Year to help keep Zeke, Bella & Snowball, happy and safe!
Houseguests – Make sure everyone keeps medicine bottles, or pill cases safely tucked away – actually, that applies to everyone in your household, both permanent residents and visitors. And, just in case a probing pet gets into some medications, always make sure the containers are labeled with the contents and potency so you know what was ingested.
Of course, the holidays wouldn’t be complete without sharing in the feasts and treats with family and friends. Just make sure that doesn’t extend to your pets. After all, some things on the holiday dinner table, such as alcohol, chocolate, garlic, onions, grapes, raisins, and nuts. DO NOT EVER give your pets the ever tempting cooked turkey bones! Shards from the cooked bones can lodge themselves in the throat or even get hung up in the intestines! Keep them on their own diet and if you find yourself feeling sorry for them and in need of treating them consider having some high-quality animal treats on hand. Our cats love the Inaba Churu treat sleeves and Buffalo Horns keep our German Shepards busy chewing for hours!
Because all of the holiday commotions may become too much for your pets, be sure they have a quiet place in which to retreat. Let others know your pets shouldn’t be disturbed when they are in their quiet spot, whether it’s a bed, cozy blanket, kennel, or under the bed! Also, you can consider boarding them at the veterinarian or an animal boarding facility. Sometimes a kennel is really the best medicine.
Presents – Those beautifully wrapped presents with their shiny ribbons and bows under the tree or covering the fireplace mantel can also be of great interest and pose a real threat of harm to your oh-so curious felines and canines – especially if a present contains treats for them or food for humans! Animals have a keen sense of smell and, once they sense that food is nearby, they’ll be more than happy to unwrap and eat both the outer and inner contents of the gifts. Those ribbons and bows that you worked so hard on perfecting may end up wreaking havoc on your pet’s digestive tract. I’ll choose Pet Holiday Safety over pretty any day of the week!
Decorations – Besides the obvious precautions of making sure wires, batteries, and poisonous/toxic plants (such as holly, mistletoe, and poinsettias) are all out of paw’s reach, make sure that plastic and glass ornaments are placed high on the tree and far away from batting paws and curious dogs! If chewed, eaten, or stepped on they could injure your pet quite seriously not to mention cost you a bundle in emergency holiday hour vet bills. Chewed wires could cause electrical shock, acid burns, dermatitis, and mouth abrasions.
You should also remember that, as beautiful and fun as they are, snow globes can contain ethylene glycol, a highly toxic substance to all pets. Another substance that you may not think of as harmful to pets is salt, and homemade play doughs or slimes some of which are loaded with it. Watch pets while your children are playing with it or around ornaments made with it. The dough can cause life-threatening electrolyte imbalances.
Scented Candles – Fragranced candles may also be a holiday staple, but they may be enticing to our pets, which are at risk for serious burns and other injuries. It’s best to keep those candles completely out of reach. Not all candle fumes are safe for animals either so do your homework and find candles that are pet friendly. Finally, make sure you have the phone number for your local emergency veterinarian or the ASPCA hotline (888) 426-4435 on hand for emergencies.
With these tips on Pet Holiday Safety in mind, you can help keep your four-legged family members safe during the holidays and all year round.
Wishing You, Your Family & Fur Babies
A Healthy & Happy Holiday Season!
The WIN Group Insurance Agency