Holiday Pet Safety: Tips for a Pet-Friendly Festive Season

The festive season is an exciting time, but if you are a pet owner, you know that it can also present unique hazards for your furry friend. Pets are curious creatures and can easily get into trouble during the holidays. That is why we have put together this guide to help you ensure your pet’s safety during the festive season. You’ll learn about common holiday dangers and how to create a pet-friendly holiday atmosphere in your home. With these tips, you can enjoy a safe and happy holiday season with your beloved pet.

Keep the Christmas Tree Safe

Christmas trees can pose a potential threat to your pet’s safety. Curious pets can easily climb on the tree, knocking it over and injuring themselves. Make sure the tree is secure by placing it in a sturdy base and anchoring it to the ceiling or wall with a thin fishing line. Keep breakable ornaments, lights and tinsel high on the tree, out of reach of your pet’s paws. If your pet tries to chew on the tree or its electrical cords, it could lead to electrocution. Lastly, avoid using chemical-based tree preservatives, as they can be toxic to pets.

Avoid Toxic Foods and Drinks

During the festive season, it is easy to let your pet indulge, but doing so could put them in harm’s way. Foods that are toxic to pets include chocolate, raisins, grapes, onion, garlic, and anything sweetened with xylitol. Also, be cautious of giving your pet alcohol. Even a small amount can lead to alcohol poisoning, causing vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, and tremors. Stick to pet-friendly treats and ensure that holiday meals are stored out of your pet’s reach.

Prepare for Parties

Having guests over to your home can be stressful for your pet. Even if your pet is good with strangers, they might get scared or overwhelmed with all the attention. If you’re hosting a party, set up a quiet and comfortable space for your pet to retreat to when they need a break. Inform your guests that you have a pet and make them aware of any rules regarding pet interactions. Additionally, remember to keep the doors closed and secured, as your pet might try to sneak out.

Gift Your Pet Wisely

While it’s great to include pets in the holiday gift-giving, avoid giving gifts that can be harmful to pets. For example, pets can choke on small toys, and ribbon or wrapping paper can cause intestinal blockages. When selecting pet toys and treats, choose those that are safe and labeled as “pet-friendly.” Additionally, avoid giving your pet gifts that could have human contact, like clothes, as they might cause allergic reactions or discomfort.

Be Alert for Signs of Stress or Illness

Lastly, keep an eye out for signs of stress or illness. Changes in your pet’s behavior, such as constant hiding, loss of appetite, and avoiding playtime, could indicate stress or sickness. Contact your veterinarian immediately if you notice anything unusual or suspect your pet has ingested something dangerous.

The festive season is a time for celebration, and with a little planning and care, you and your beloved pets can enjoy it together. By following these tips, you can ensure that your pet stays safe, happy, and healthy throughout the holiday season. From all of us at Cornerstone Animal Hospital, we wish you and your pets a joyful and healthy festive season!