The holiday season is fun but can also be a time of anxiety and even danger for our beloved pets. We understand you want to include your pets in the seasonal festivities, but a pet emergency is no way to spread good cheer. This blog post shares ways to brighten the season with holiday pet safety.
One of the main concerns around our holiday meals is the need to keep our pet pals away from the food. Ensuring your pet doesn’t have easy access to people’s food minimizes food poisoning and pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas). So, foods you should avoid feeding your furry best friend include:
- Macadamia nuts
- Artificial sweetener included in candies, peanut butter, etc.
Also, brighten the season with holiday pet safety and watch out for the following food-related hazards unattended leftovers, meat string, uncovered trash bins, bones, fatty poultry skin, and other high-caloric sauces.
In addition, Christmas trees, string lights, wrapped gifts, and other ornamental items may spike your pet’s curiosity. Brighten the season with holiday pet safety and ensure the following items stay out of your pet pal’s reach:
- Holiday plants such as mistletoe and lilies can be toxic
- Christmas tree water might contain preservatives and pesticides
- Tinsel and ribbons can produce GI obstruction if your pet ingests it
- Strings of electric lights can trigger electric shock or risk of entanglement if your baby chews it
Plan for Holiday Pet Safety
Even though gathering with family and friends is an essential part of the holidays, our pets don’t always appreciate a complete house. Make sure your furry friend has a quiet, safe place to retreat from the noise if you expect anxiety levels to be high.
Your friends at Alexander Animal Hospital hope you have a wonderful holiday season! Please don’t hesitate to call our team with questions or concerns regarding holiday pet safety.
We Would Love the Opportunity to Care for Your Furry Friends!
Alexander Animal Hospital is a full-service animal hospital located in Severna Park, Maryland, serving the Severna Park, Pasadena, and Arnold Areas. Our goal is educating clients on the needs of their pets and understanding the importance of individualized veterinary care in order to strengthen the human-animal bond between owners and their pets.
We understand you have a choice when deciding on the care for your pets, and we strive to provide you with unparalleled services including wellness exams, vaccines, lost pet microchip ID, dental care, surgical services, digital radiography, and in-hospital laboratory services and diagnostics. Other highlights of Alexander Animal Hospital are the separate cat and dog waiting and exam rooms, as well as after-hours on-call emergency services.
Please take a look around our website and then give us a call at 410-777-8678 to set up an appointment.