Oh there’s no place like home for the holidays! As you celebrate the holidays in your home this season, the caring team at Affordable Pet Care-Basse in San Antonio, TX, wants to make sure it’s not only joyful, but safe, too—especially for your pets. From decorations to toxic foods, sometimes the holidays can be dangerous for our four-legged friends, which is why we’ve dedicated this month’s blog to holiday pet safety tips. From our family to yours, we hope you and your pet have a wonderful holiday season and a prosperous new year!
Plan Your Holiday Gatherings Wisely
As you make the guest list for your holiday parties, consider your pet’s behavior. How are they around a lot of people, and how are your guests around pets? Of course, you know your fur baby better than anyone, so only you can determine if they should be included in the holiday fun or not. If your pet tends to misbehave or get a little anxious around people, keep them in a separate room where they can relax. Check on them regularly and maybe throw them a little treat or toy to keep them occupied.
If your pet is more of the social type, it’s still important to keep an eye on them around your guests, especially if you have any guests who are uneasy about pets. This is especially important if any of your guests are children who are fearful of pets or don’t know how to properly pet them. Some young children have a tendency to grab and pull everything in sight, including a pet’s fur, which may cause a pet to respond by yelping, growling, or snapping. Make sure all of your guests are well aware of your pet house rules, such as whether or not you let your pet on the couch or if you feed them table scraps. With everyone on the same page, you can prevent any holiday accidents involving your pet.
Use Caution with Plants and Decorations
Did you know there are certain seasonal plants that are toxic to pets if ingested? Mistletoe, lilies, and holly are just a few of the ones on the list. Ingesting these plants can result in gastrointestinal problems or worse for your dog or cat. As for the non-plant decorations, keep in mind that certain decorations like tinsel and ribbons can be very dangerous if ingested by your pet as well. Cats tend to love stringy items that they can paw at or chase, so it’s best to either keep these types of decorations out of your pet’s reach or not buy them at all.
Know the Do’s and Don’ts of Table Food
We know those big eyes and that soft chin resting on your knee might be hard to resist at the dinner table, but before you throw your pet table scraps, make sure you know which foods are safe and which aren’t.
On the “safe table food for pets” list are the following foods:
- Lean meat (chicken and turkey)
- Apples (cut in small pieces)
- Carrots (cut in small pieces)
- Green beans
Some of the foods you’d find on the “toxic foods for pets” list include:
- Macadamia nuts
Always use caution when feeding your pet from the table, and make sure your guests do the same.