It’s that time of year-so many holidays in just a short period. So much to do to get ready! In your preparation don’t forget about your four legged friends! Over the past few years I have also worked at a local emergency animal hospital. Here are my top tips for holidays with your cats and dogs to prevent a unwanted trip to the veterinarian:
** Don’t allow your pet to eat leftovers, table scraps, or new things in the diet. I know it’s tempting-you want to give your pet a special treat. So you save them the hambone or some gravy to top their food with, or you buy them a large dog bone and they enjoy the whole thing…but resist the temptation! One of the most common things we see around the holidays are pets that are vomiting and having diarrhea. Unfortunately in some of these guys, it is serious enough that they require surgery or hospitalization. If you want to give your pet a special treat, choose something safe like a kong filled with canned pet food and then frozen.
** Don’t allow them to eat tinsel, ribbons, new toys, and other things they may be tempted to eat and chew on. It’s hard, you have family and kids, and friends. Things get left out that may not normally, the decorations are up with new exciting things that your pet hasn’t seen. Do your best to make sure things are put away. And if your pet is tempted by all of the new fun things out, it might be best to limit their access to that part of the house! Remember this can include eating the candy from the stockings!
** Pets go missing. Family is in town, friends are over. The door gets left open, or your pet sneaks out when someone comes in and you’re distracted. We see lots of found pets or have people call because their pet is missing this time of the year. And remember it can be cold out, which your furry friend may not be used. And unfortunately, too many of these pets come in because after they got out, they got hit by a car. When you have friends and family over, keep your pet in a safe area where they cannot get out. And remember-use collars with ID tags as well as have your pet microchipped!
We want you, your family, and your pets to enjoy the holidays safely!