Happy Pets…Happy Holidays!

by Michelle on December 1, 2017

If you’re like me you just can’t believe it’s already December 1st!  Maybe you’ve waited until now to put up your decorations or perhaps they’ve been up for a while.  Whichever applies, if you have pets this means there is some important information you need to be aware of.

Pets of all types need to be considered both for safety as well as comfort when it comes to the holidays.  Here is a list of the main items to be aware of as well as some treats that we might love but must be kept away from our pets:

  1. Christmas Trees: Cats can climb up the trunk of the tree and dogs might try to jump up and get ornaments (or the climbing cat), knocking over the tree and injuring themselves.  Also, if you have a live tree the water basin it sits in poses another hazard.  Many times adding a preservative to the water keeps the tree fresh longer but is poisonous to pets who might drink it.
  2. Imitation Snow: Also called “flocking”…is poisonous and can flake off, falling to the floor where it’s easily ingested.
  3. Edible Ornaments: Cookies, cranberry and/or popcorn garlands, candy canes, etc. all are alluring to pets and pose a possible toxic problem.  Be sure to put them high up on the tree (out of reach) if you do wish to use them.
  4. Tinsel: Whether you like the single shiny strands or a garland it needs to be kept far away from pets.  It’s toxic and can clog their intestines and lead to poisoning.
  5. Light Strands: Keep lights out of reach since both cats and dogs might love to chew on the cords, posing an electrocution problem as well as a toxic hazard.
  6. Plants/Flowers: Poinsettia, Holly, Mistletoe, Christmas Cactus, English Ivy, and Amaryllis are considered toxic and result in gastrointestinal irritation & depression of the central nervous system.  They can even cause death.
  7. Foods: Chocolate, onions, garlic, chives, grapes, raisins, most nuts (especially macadamia nuts), and dairy can cause everything from mild irritation to a fatal toxic reaction.

Our pets, like small children, are naturally curious and tend to put everything into their mouths.  Keeping them safe needs to be a priority and keeping them stress-free is also important.  This time of year there is more clutter in the house with the decorations and sometimes extra people so be aware of the stress that the altered surroundings and visitors can pose.  Pets can stay safe with some planning and hopefully stay calm when they’re needs are considered.  These things can make them more pleasant when socializing with house guests and save you from some stress as well.

 

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