6 Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe this Paw-liday Season
No matter what holiday you celebrate during this festive season, it’s important to consider what is safe for your pets.
Deck the Halls with Balls & Frisbees—Skip the Boughs of Holly
Make sure trees, lights, and other decorations are properly secured and out of reach of your pets. These decorations are tempting for pets to play with and can be dangerous. Avoid using tinsel—it is very enticing to curious cats and can cause serious harm. If you’re lighting a menorah, kinara, or other holiday candles, be sure to keep them on a higher surface, out of reach from where they could be knocked over by any wagging tails.
Common holiday plants and flowers, like poinsettias, holly, amaryllis, and mistletoe are toxic to pets. It's best to avoid having these in your home. If bringing your pet to visit family, ask the host to place these plants out of reach. Find a full list of toxic plants.
Secure the Tree
If your family has a tree, be sure to secure it to the wall or ceiling so it doesn’t topple over when your furry friends are running around. Avoid decorating with edible items such as popcorn and cranberries that may be tempting for your pets to try to eat. Be mindful of the ornaments you use and keep breakable ones packed up or out of reach.
Increased noise from guests coming in and out, loud holiday music, New Year's fireworks, and noisemakers can all make for a scary environment for your pet. Make sure they have a quiet space where they can feel safe. If you know this time of year causes your pet stress and anxiety, speak to your veterinarian about ways you can help them stay calm and peacefully enjoy the holidays.
Avoid feeding pets from the table as many holiday foods can be harmful to dogs and cats. Prepare your own pet-friendly treats or give them a special toy to keep them entertained while you enjoy your meal. Find a comprehensive list of foods to avoid giving to your pets.
Keep the Doors Closed
If you have guests coming in and out of the house, make sure you remind them to keep the doors that lead outside closed so your pets don't get out. Hold onto or keep your pets in an area without access to exits. It’s also a great time to ensure your pet’s microchip is up-to-date.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Village Veterinary Practice! May your days be furry and bright.