Tips For Keeping Your Pet Safe During The Holidays

Posted on Dec 09, 2014 , 0 comments

The holiday season means gathering together with family, friends and our beloved pets. It’s a season full of festive treats and décor that despite their merry nature , can be harmful to our furry friends. Here are a few tips to keep Spot happy and healthy during this holiday season. Chocolate: A popular item gifted and consumed during the holiday season. Chocolate accounts for the vast majority of holiday calls to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (much more than even Halloween or Valentine’s Day). Why? Often it’s because of wrapped chocolate gifts left under the tree. Be sure to keep any gifts containing cocoa out of your dog’s reach this holiday season. Turkey Bones: Don’t let those puppy eyes fool you! Avoid feeding your dog turkey bones as they can splinter and harm their digestive tracts. If you do give your dog some turkey meat, just be sure it’s white meat with the skin and fat removed. It’s best to keep your pet on their normal diet but if you are looking to share some seasonal love with Spot, check out this post about pet-friendly holiday treats. Tree Preservatives: Usually this just leads to a mild gastrointestinal upset, but if there’s a bacterial contamination the potential for gastrointestinal upset can become more significant. Poinsettias: An easy and beautiful way to add some holiday atmosphere to your home, but they also act as mucous-membrane irritants to pets. Although they aren’t dangerous if treated properly, just be aware of this danger in case your pet starts showing symptoms. Medications: With winter colds looming and an influx of guests visitng, tis’ the season for more medications around the house than usual, whether it’s cold medicine or a relative’s daily medication box, curious pups will get themselves into anything within reach. Like chocolates, it’s best to keepthese medicines out of reach. Alcohol: Eggnog, mulled wine and seasonal brews, oh my! Be mindful that our four-legged friends are much more sensitive to alcohol. Abandoned glasses of booze (party foul!) are a perfect opportunity for Spot to steal a few uninvited sips.

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