Keeping Your Pet Safe During the Holiday Season
Sat, April 10, 2021

Keeping Your Pet Safe During the Holiday Season

Taking care of a pet can be complicated enough on regular days, more so during the holidays / Photo by: Ermolaev Alexander via Shutterstock

 

The holidays are a time of good cheers and good food. People prepare a lot of things to celebrate with family or friends. However, in these times of celebration, we should also not forget the other “members” of our family: our pets.

Taking care of a pet can be complicated enough on regular days, more so during the holidays. Usually, we invite people for a party or even a simple get-together dinner, and this could stress our pets seeing a parade of virtual strangers through our front door, boisterous and laughing loud with us. What happens next is that they behave a little bit differently from what we are used to seeing from them. More often than not, our pets will act protectively against these people they consider as “invaders.”

 

Food Issues

Whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, or Thanksgiving, you should always be extra careful when it comes to food that your pets might get their paws on. According to the KFDA News Channel, a website in Texas that provides news articles, one local vet has warned people against giving food to their pets that was made for the human table. Especially during Thanksgiving, most of the dishes served are either too fatty or can cause certain conditions in some pets. Anemia and pancreatitis are common health problems dogs may have if we feed them things they are not supposed to eat.

As much as possible, you should also keep your pets away from where you are serving or keeping your food. Trash cans should also be covered and areas such as the kitchen and pantry should be kept closed at all times. Some of the common foods you should always keep away from your pets are garlic, cheese, onions, grapes, raisins, dough, and chocolate bars or sprinkles.

These food items can cause gastrointestinal problems in most dogs and cats. Also, the sugar level is just too high for your pet, which can lead to other conditions if they consume too much. In an article on the New York Times, one of the leading news websites online, even if a certain dish or food is safe for your pet, having too much of it can become dangerous. You don’t want to be spending your holiday in a pet hospital, do you?

When your guests bring food along, make sure that some of the potentially hazardous items be kept in their bags or in containers. Mints, toothpaste, gum, and other artificial sweeteners are very dangerous and toxic to dogs. If ever you’ll be inviting people in, make sure that you tell them you have pets at home so that they won’t be bringing some things that can harm your furry friends.

You cannot watch your pet all the time during the holidays, especially when you are entertaining visitors. What you can do is to make sure you have all the necessary numbers to call just in case something wrong happens. Have the website for food poisoning for pets ready and also your local animal poison control district number as well as your vet’s.

Whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, or Thanksgiving, you should always be extra careful when it comes to food that your pets might get their paws on / Photo by: Gladskikh Tatiana via Shutterstock

 

Décor Problems

You might think your décor looks stunning and beautiful, but you might not know that some holiday plants are potentially dangerous to your pet. Some pets actually drink Christmas tree water, which is full of bacteria since it sits stagnantly. Poinsettias and lilies can also cause some upset stomachs in dogs when ingested. For cats, they usually like to play with these ornaments, but tinsel can be fatal since they are very sharp and long.

When it comes to fairy lights, make sure you place them where your pets cannot reach them. You wouldn’t want your pet to be electrocuted, or worse, set fire to your whole house. If you plan to use candles, place them higher than usual and on sturdy candelabra.

 

How About People and Visitors?

Those people living with you can understand the risks involved when having guests when you have a pet around. The best thing that you can do is to make sure that you have talked to your guests and told them about your pet. Talking with your visitors beforehand is the number one thing you should do so that you can expect them to not do things that could upset your pets and they will have certain expectations about going to your house as well.

Sometimes, some guests will give scraps of food to your pet while having dinner. Tell them beforehand that this is a no-no. If you want, you can place some treats inside a jar, and whoever wants to play and give treats to your pet, then they can just reach into it. However, make sure that you do not fill the whole jar with treats since some guests may overfeed your pet, which is something you don’t want to happen.

Remember, this is your house. Whatever rule you have set, then it should be followed by everyone. It might be hard for older relatives or guests to understand, but be kind enough to explain. It’s for their sake and, more importantly, for your pets.’

Talking with your visitors beforehand is the number one thing you should do so that you can expect them to not do things that could upset your pets and they will have certain expectations about going to your house as well / Photo by: Javier Brosch via Shutterstock