Tips for Pet Friendly Holiday Season

The holidays are a wonderful time of the year when we celebrate with loved ones and make unforgettable memories of our lives.

Food, parties and family are all ingredients for a happy holiday, but they are also ingredients that can mess with your pet’s health.Especially for cats and dogs, whose innate curiosity can get them into trouble or worse. Making a few simple arrangements can mean the difference between a truly happy holiday season or one that is clouded by grief and tragedy for your pet.

Let’s take a closer look at how you can protect your pets during these holidays …

1. Beware of unstable trees When your Pet is nearby

Cats and dogs are by nature curious creatures. This big Christmas tree with the twinkling lights and glittering ornaments hanging from each branch will attract pets like wasps to a sticky knot. You can not resist. For hours, the cats will enjoy themselves by knocking ornaments from the tree and then hunting across the ground. You may even run past your tree just to beat you from the middle branches with a cat! Cats love to climb!

Your dog might be the one to track your cat by your tree. For all these reasons, it is important to make sure that the base of your tree is securely secured. If not, your beautifully decorated tree with broken ornaments and everything could fall to the ground. The last thing you need is the tree that falls on a child or damages furniture. If your pets are extremely wild, you’ll even need to attach your tree to the wall.

2. Beware of Tinsel

Tinsel is dangerous for your cat or dog. It can develop into a severe linear foreign body. This happens when you pick up a stringy substance such as a tinsel or twine, which then wraps around the base of the tongue or becomes anchored in the stomach.

When the intestine contracts, the linear foreign body can cut tissue or completely cut off blood flow. This can have catastrophic consequences for your pet that can not be resolved even with expensive abdominal surgery.

3. Beware of edible decorations

Gingerbread, sugar cookies, popcorn garlands and foil-wrapped chocolate decorations make sweet and inexpensive decorations. Chocolate is especially dangerous. The darker the chocolate, the more methylxanthine it contains. These substances are toxic to dogs.

If your dog eats chocolate, it can vomit, become hyperactive, or get diarrhea, excessive urination, cardiac arrhythmias, tremors, or seizures. Dogs can smell food a mile away and will take the ornaments or garlands straight from the tree or even jump up to reach the higher ones. It is best not to decorate your tree with edibles if you have pets in your home.

4. Beware of poisonous Christmas plants

The pine needles from your Christmas tree can spoil the health of your pet when ingested. They can irritate the sensitive mucous membrane of their mouth and cause wounds or infections. Your pet may experience vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy or tremors. Holly is another common vacation plant that can cause gastrointestinal upset when ingested by your dog or cat. It can cause diarrhea, vomiting and depression. Mistletoe is even more dangerous.

In addition to gastrointestinal symptoms, it can cause breathing difficulties, unpredictable behavior, hallucinations, and death when eaten. After all, poinsettia can cause discomfort to your pets when the leaves are picked up. They can cause irritation to the mouth and stomach or occasional diarrhea, but not death.

5. Beware of holiday lighting hazards

Holiday lights come in many beautiful sparkling and hanging styles such as icicles, garland, net, curtain and rope. Curious pets are attracted to them. Do you have a cat or a dog that likes to chew?

If they bite into the cable that puts the lights in the wall, they can get an electric shock. This can cause burns or even death – not to mention a fire hazard if you are not home at the time of this incident.

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