The holidays are approaching quickly-hard to believe Thanksgiving in a few weeks, and Christmas right after that! So what are some things you can do to make sure the holidays are safe and fun for your pets?!
**The holidays are a time of the year when family and friends are visiting which means lots of people going in and out of your house…and lots of chances for your pet to slip out the door. Having people over? Make sure your pets are secure, so they cannot slip out through an opened door. This might mean keeping them confined to a bedroom or laundry room until your visitors leave.
**Lots of new foods and treats are around. Maybe you are baking cookies or putting together care packages for gifts, but there are normally yummy treats laying around. These are tempting for your pets, so make certain they are placed high enough that your pets (even the most determined ones!!!) cannot reach them. Also while it is tempting to share your holiday meals with your four legged friends, try to resist the urge! New food, especially ones that are richer can make your pet very sick.
**Decorations are often our favorite part of the holidays and they may be your pet’s too! But make sure they are safe for your pet. You may need to block off the christmas tree or not allow your pet access to areas where the decorations are, to make certain your pets do not get into the decorations.
**We all love to spoil our four legged family members with presents too, but make certain they are safe for your pet. While it is tempting to give your dog the largest rawhide you can find, even when your dog never gets rawhide. Resist! Give treats and toys in moderation and make certain they are ones your pet is accustomed to so they do not get sick. The last thing you during your holiday party is a dog or cat with an upset stomach!
** Christmas puppies and kittens-so much fun! But again, this may not be the best time of year to add a new four legged friend to your family! Puppies and kittens take a lot of time and attention. If you want to add a new four legged family member, it might be better to wait until after the holiday season when your family can devote all of their attention to the new pet. Holidays are hectic, and adding a new four legged friend during this time, can be hard.
Enjoy the holidays and keep your pets safe!
Boo Donoho, DVM