When it comes to the holiday season, there are so many people bustling about, parties to attend and presents to get that it can be easy to overlook a few dangerous issues that pets encounter every year during the season. Whether you think of your pet like a fur-baby or not, during the holidays, it can be helpful to think of “pet-proofing” your home much like you would consider child-proofing. Here are just a few things you should watch out for during the holiday season to ensure the safety of your pets.
- Decorations- While you might enjoy putting a salt-dough handprint ornament from your elementary school child on the child, many pets see these as edible decorations! Keep all decorations, especially those made with salt dough or flour paste, either out of reach or off the tree. Also watch out for breakable ornaments, tinsel, and other hazards to your pet.
- Food- Treats are part of the holiday season, but make sure they are kept out of reach from your pets to avoid an emergency visit because of chocolate ingestion.
- Christmas Trees and Plants- Trees can topple easily, and many plants traditional to the season, such as poinsettias, are poisonous to pets. Secure them with fishing line to doorframes or avoid altogether. If you love a real tree, make sure you do not add anything to the water, since pets may be drawn to this “second water dish.”
- Candles and Oils- The smells around the holidays are glorious! Smells from candles or essential oils, however, can be dangerous to your pets, as they might try to ingest them or knock them over, which can lead to fire hazards.
At Mooresville Animal Hospital, we love our pet patients and want to keep them safe this holiday season. Please call us if you have any pet safety tips or questions!