The holiday season should be a joyous time of year for you and your pet, but it can be a dangerous time if you’re not aware of the potential hazards it can bring for your four-legged friend. From decorations to toxic foods, there are a number of things to keep in mind as you plan your holiday parties. Little River Veterinary Clinic in Fairfax, VA, has created the following three holiday safety tips to keep your pet safe and smiling this holiday season.
They make our trees and homes look beautiful, but certain decorations can be unsafe for pets, especially the curious pets. Topping the list of dangerous decorations are tinsel and ribbons. Cats are especially known to be drawn to these stringy items and to paw at and chew on them. But if ingested, tinsel and ribbons can cause intestinal blockage that can only be corrected with surgery. Other dangerous decorations include electric lights, poinsettias, and garland, so keep these items out of your pet’s reach and high on your tree to keep your dog or cat safe.
Toxic Table Food
We know you probably want to share some of your Christmas dinner with your pet, but that may not be such a good idea. There are many foods that are either toxic or otherwise dangerous for pets, including chocolate, macadamia nuts, raisins, onions, garlic, and fatty foods. Eating these foods can leave your pet feeling very sick—especially in large amounts—and lead to an emergency trip to the vet, so avoid feeding your pet any of these foods. Consider having some extra pet treats on hand so your dog or cat can enjoy their own Christmas dinner/dessert without getting sick.
If you’ll be keeping your pet out during your holiday parties, make sure your guests know your house rules. Do you let your pet on the couches? Do you feed your pet healthy table food (apples, carrots, white cooked meat, etc.) scraps? These are questions your guests should know the answers to. It’s important to also keep an eye on your pet as much as possible around your guests, especially if there are children around. We know the last thing you want is for a guest or your pet to be accidentally injured.
Please give us a call at 703-273-5110 if you have any questions about these holiday pet safety tips or if you’d like to make an appointment. We hope you and your pets have a wonderful safe holiday and a joy-filled new year!