Keeping Your Pets Safe And Healthy This Christmas
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi
Christmas is coming and you are probably so excited to celebrate with your family friends and fur babies. Before you get carried away with all the excitement going on, it’s important to remember that the risks to pets having an illness or injury increases during Christmas time. You have to make sure that they stay safe and healthy over the holiday season. Here are a few tips to keep your pets safe and healthy this Christmas:
Having holly is not really that jolly
For dogs, ingestion of holly berries is usually not fatal but it can cause diarrhea and vomiting. Ingesting the leaves can cause swelling and pain in the mouth. It’s much worse for cats as holly is poisonous to them. Eating berries, leaves, and even stems can be toxic to cats. If you have boughs of holly in the house, make sure to hang them securely and away from your pet’s reach. Sweep off fallen leaves, stems, and berries immediately to prevent ingestion.
Ornaments can liven up the tree but…
To pets, these colorful and sparkly ornaments are just potential toys that they can’t wait to pounce on. Chewing on Christmas ornaments can cause severe injuries in their mouth and digestive tract. Ingesting ornaments can cause serious damages or death.
Lights are bright but can be lethal
Christmas lights adorning your tree and your house can be really bright and pretty but they can easily cause electrocution to curious four-legged creatures. Make sure to fasten lights securely and keep them out of their paws’ reach.
Beware of the Christmas tree
The Christmas tree is usually the centerpiece, the highlight but it’s also the epicenter of all possible danger your pet can encounter. The tree can fall on them and cause serious injuries. Pine needles can get stuck in their mouth when chewed or it can get stuck on their paw when they step on the needles. Fasten the tree securely to prevent it from falling and sweep away fallen needles immediately.
If you plan on giving your furry baby some human food as a Christmas treat, make sure that you will only give human foods that are safe for dogs and cats to eat. Avoid giving them chocolate, onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, and alcohol.
Presents! Presents! Presents!
Don’t put edible presents under the tree. Cats and dogs have a keen sense of smell and they can sniff out, unwrap, and eat yummy presents that can be harmful to them. After unwrapping your gifts, quickly remove wrapping papers and ribbons before your pet tries to taste and swallow them.
Winter wonderland walks
Walking on a cold winter night can really give you that holiday vibe but your dog might not feel the same. Walking over frozen grass with grit salt can cause contact dermatitis.
Wish your pet a merry Christmas
Don’t forget to give your canine companion or your feline friend lots of hugs, cuddles, and kisses. Love is the perfect gift for Christmas!