10 Pet Safety Tips for the Holidays

10 Pet Safety Tips for the Holidays

The holiday season is indisputably the most fun and exciting time of the year, but it is also very hectic. There are so many preparations to do – gifts to pick up and pack, cleaning and decorations to do for guests to come over, finding a pretty outfit, cooking delicious holiday dishes for everybody, and planning for New Year’s Eve. In fact, it’s easy to become so occupied with the entire holiday chorus that you might become a bit negligent towards the important things around you.

Yes! We are talking about your furry buddy at home. Remember! Your dog needs more attention during the holiday season because there are more hazardous elements (and food) around the home than other days during this time.

 

The holiday season is indisputably the most fun and exciting time of the year, but it is also very hectic. There are so many preparations to do – gifts to pick up and pack, cleaning and decorations to do for guests to come over, finding a pretty outfit, cooking delicious holiday dishes for everybody, and planning for New Year’s Eve. In fact, it’s easy to become so occupied with the entire holiday chorus that you might become a bit negligent towards the important things around you.

Yes! We are talking about your furry buddy at home. Remember! Your dog needs more attention during the holiday season because there are more hazardous elements (and food) around the home than other days during this time.

Is Your Dog Really Enjoying & Being Safe During Holidays?

It might not occur to you but that absolutely harmless-looking decoration material could end up hurting your pet, and there are many holiday foods that could actually leave your dog sick (especially because they want to eat just everything in their sight).

Well, it’s never too late to bring your attention back to your four-pawed family member and we have some tips that would ensure that your dog is as happy and healthy during this holiday season as you are:

  1. Watch Out For Things They Eat
    It is absolutely OK for dogs to eat some of the human treats. After all, we sneak some out to them during other days too, but you have to watch out for the things that could be poisonous for them such as chocolates, any recipe that contains nutmeg, garlic or onion, turkey bones, grapes, and raisins.
  1. Keep Their Routine Intact
    Having people coming over to celebrate could be really fun for you, but it is not really a treat for your dog. On the contradictory, it could be quite stressing and overwhelming for your fur member to be surrounded by so many people. To keep them calm, take them for a long walk before your guests start coming in.
  1. Clean Up the Papers
    It is very easy to get carried away with the excitement of opening up gifts and leaving the papers on the floor, thinking you would clean them up later. However, your dog would easily get hands-on those bits of paper and chew them without knowing what it is. This could cause harm to his intestine, so clean it up as soon as you are done opening the gifts.
  1. Keep Your Guests Well Informed
    Dogs are really adorable and your guests would probably love spending time with your pet, which is fine as far as your dog is comfortable with them being around. In fact, they might even feed him with some human treats to shower their love. So, make sure that you have already informed everybody to not feed anything to your pet off the table.
  1. Make Your Decorations Pet-Friendly
    We all love decorating our home and treats with different ornaments and string lights during the holidays, but you have to ensure that your pet is not at the risk of any choking hazard or other dangers because of it. In fact, if possible keep your pet out of the area where you have set up your tree and decorated the lights.
  1. Don’t Forget to Get Gifts for Them
    Your dogs deserve to be spoiled as much as other members in the family in the holiday season so get them the right gifts! However, make sure that you are getting them some sturdy toys instead of the ones that can be easily chewed apart. Also if your dog is a sensitive eater, then make sure you are not going crazy with the treats.
  1. Create a Safe Place for Them
    Perhaps your dog is really social, but he would still need his safe heaven to go back to when the party starts getting wild and too overwhelming for him. Make sure that you have their bed, toys, food, and water kept inside a room where they can go and spend some time in peace while feeling like home.
  1. Have Emergency Contact Numbers Handy
    You could be doing everything right and taking absolutely good care of your dog, but there are still things that could go wrong because, in reality, you cannot be around him all the time when there are so many people at your home whom you have to attend. So, make sure you have the contact number of the veterinarian and animal poison centre on your speed dial.
  1. Update Your Dog’s ID Tag
    Though it should be an annual activity that you should be performing, it becomes all more important for you to ensure during the holiday season that your Dog’s tag is updated with your current address and contact information. After all, when so many guests are coming in and going out, your dog could get a very easy opportunity to escape for a walk and get lost.
  1. Keep Pet’s Surroundings Fresh
    Your pet would obviously be eliminating lots of fluids because he will be eating and drinking without any watch, and that would increase your job of cleaning up. In such situations, having apet’s cleaning solution handy could come to your rescue. These pet safe floor cleaners would not only make your job easy but would also reduce the risk of bacterial infections in your dog.

Additional Tips:

  • Since it’s really cold during the holiday time of the year, keep a check on how much time your dog is spending in the outdoors or travelling to markets with you in the car. Remember! Just like humans, dogs are also prone to hypothermia.
  • If your friends or neighbours are planning to arrange a firework to celebrate the Christmas or New Year’s Eve, ensure that your dog has a safe and quiet place to spend their time away from the fireworks.

Keep these simple tips in mind and help your dog have merry holidays, too! From all of us, here’s wishing you a safe, fun and truly festive holiday with your family, friends and for babies.

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