Holiday Pet Safety Tips

The holidays are coming up quick! This time of year is often a fun, festive blur of events and get-togethers. It’s always great to spend some quality time with friends and family members! However, this can be a dangerous time of year for our animal companions. Here, a Bee Cave TX vet lists some great pet safety tips.

Decorate Wisely

Keep your pet’s safety in mind as you decorate. Many popular holiday plants, such as poinsettias, holly, ivy, yew, and mistletoe, are toxic to animals. The tree can also be an issue. Tinsel, lights, ribbons, fragile ornaments, ornament hooks, and pine needles can all injure playful pets. Keep these items, along  with anything else that is small, sharp, shiny, or dangly, out of paw’s reach. The water is another concern, as it may be tainted with chemical residue. Cover the water bowl, so your pet can’t drink it.

Keep Pets Stress-free

Our furry friends are very emotional, and can easily become anxious or upset by changes or disruptions. Loud noises, strangers, changes in routine, decorations, traveling, and being boarded are just a few of the things that can distress your furry pal. If you’re hosting an event, give your pet a safe retreat by getting them set up in a quiet area with food, toys, treats, bedding, and, in Fluffy’s case, a litterbox. It’s also important to play and spend time with your four-legged friend daily. This will help them burn off any nervous energy they have, and just generally help them feel loved and safe.

Offer Safe Foods

Food is always a big concern when it comes to pet safety. The holidays are particularly dangerous, because so many seasonal events revolve around—or at least heavily feature—food. Although every type of pet has their own unique needs, some things are generally bad for all of them. The list of unsafe foods includes garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; chocolate; caffeine; dairy products; processed foods; alcohol; fruits with seeds, pits, or pips; avocados; meat on the bone; raw meat, dough, or yeast; and anything containing xylitol.

Be Careful With Heating Elements

Pet owners also need to be careful with candles, potpourri burners, fireplaces, and heaters. Keep these things in spots your furry pal can’t access. Better safe than sorry!

Happy Holidays! Please contact us, your Bee Cave TX vet clinic, anytime. We are here to help!

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