Holiday Pet Safety - The holidays may be all fun and games for us, but it's the complete opposite for our pets. As much as we love and look forward to the long holidays ahead, our pets are scared and anxious.
The holidays' hustle and bustle, loud noises and changes in their daily routine stress out our fur-babies and make them all anxious. And because of all the changes the holidays can bring, our pets' safety is at risk.
We've already discussed holiday items that are dangerous to pets, here, we've come up with tips for holiday pet safety in different situations so that the holidays are stress-free and fun-filled, not only for you but for your pets as well.
MUST-HAVES FOR HOLIDAY PET SAFETY
If there's an ultimate must-have considering holiday pet safety, the first thing you need to equip yourself with for your holiday pet safety is the contact number of your veterinarian or of the 24/7 emergency vet clinic near you (in case you're traveling).
Keep these numbers in easy-to-find areas, in case any emergencies or causes of concern take place or happen to your fur-baby (we hope not!)
- Make sure your serving area is out of reach of your pets, as many holiday food items are harmful to pets like baked sweets and chocolates. Also, see to it to keep the lid on your garbage can to avoid your fur-baby from reaching it and eating scraps as these can be choking hazards and a significant cause of gastritis.
PARTIES AND VISITORS
Holidays mean parties and visitors! If ever you're hosting the holiday party at your house, keep in consideration that these can upset and make your pet anxious. It may be true that your pet is well-socialized but she can become nervous and shy in the hustle and bustle of a holiday gathering. To help reduce your pet's stress and protect both your pet and your visitors, here are helpful tips:
- All pets (yours and your guests) MUST HAVE easy access to a place that's comfy, quiet and away from all the hubbub of your celebration. The place should be somewhere your guests are off-limits too and a place where all pets can freely go in and out whenever they want to. To avoid messy clean-ups in the pets' hideout place, make sure they are all wearing diapers; all crates, carriers or beds must also have pee pads as linings or beddings for added leakage protection. These dog diapers and pee pads will ensure that all pets are clean, safe from their pee & poop and not bathing or lying on their own mess. (Major ew!)
- Inform your visitors in advance that you have pets at home or if other people you've invited over are bringing their pets along with them, too. Some of your guests might have allergies or imperiled immune systems because of pregnancy, treatments, etc. Informing them about the pets at home will prepare them to bring with them medicines and take other precautions necessary.
- If your visitors are bringing along their pets, you should make sure that their vaccines are updated, as you don't want diseases to be passed on to your pets at home. Also, you should also plan to acquaint your pets and theirs in advance and observe how they interact together. If there are problems, you can politely decline their request in bringing their pets along. We just can't risk putting anyone in danger, especially during the holidays.
- Guard the exits even if your fur-baby seems to have no problem with welcoming guests. The in and out of guests is a great opportunity for your fur-baby to go for the door and get lost.
- Make sure your pets ID tags and microchips are updated. So in case they sneak out of your house, they'll be a greater chance of reuniting and finding them again.
THE LOUD NOISES
- Balloons make great decorations, but your pets can get hurt or scared if they pop, and possibly choke on or swallow the pieces.
- The holidays can be pretty loud especially with noisemakers and fireworks. This can greatly frighten pets and will cause them to run away and hide. Place your pets in a quiet room when loud noises are in the background; this will lessen stress and anxiety. It's also great to provide calming supplements like Pet Parents® Calming Supplements for dogs that will help act as a calming aid for stressful situations that may cause anxiousness.
THE COLD WEATHER
The holidays bring us cold-weather season. And this is enough reason to always keep our pets warm, dry and properly sheltered. Most of our pets have been accustomed to warm indoor temperatures and they may not take cold temperatures very well.
- Antifreeze: Keep this out of reach of your pets as this sweet liquid is very deadly to animals if they got the chance to ingest it.
- Rock salt: Rock salt can be irritating to paws, mouths, and stomachs so better keep them away for safety.
If your pet is exposed to any of the items mentioned above contact your vet as soon as possible.
WHEN LEAVING THE HOUSE
- If you're leaving your pet in your house for a quick visit to your relatives downtown, or out of the house to visit your neighbors, see to it that all wired decorations are unplugged, in case your pets are tempted to chew on the cords.
- Take out your trash before leaving to make sure your pets can’t get to it, especially if it contains any food or food scraps.
Happy holidays from all of us at Pet Parents®. We hope these holiday pet safety tips will help you during this holiday season.