Thanksgiving and its companions (Black Friday, Cyber Monday, etc.) are the official lead-off for the holiday season, and it’s plenty of joy for everyone involved. However, your pets may be feeling unsafe and overwhelmed. That’s why we created a list of pet safety tips to lighten your holiday!
Prepping for the Holidays
It may be time to start wrapping presents. Or you may only be focused on cooking for Thanksgiving. Sometimes, the closer deadline takes more priority. Either way, give your pets a safe place to retreat when their social batteries drain. In addition, your pets are creatures of habit. As such, ensure you don’t disrupt their routines. They must be able to eat, play, exercise, and sleep as they did on a regular day.
Foods to Not Share
There are numerous yummy foods and beverages that humans indulge in at this time of year. However, they are not safe for your pets. So, for the sake of pet safety, avoid sharing chocolate, bones, or alcohol with them. Furthermore, any baked goods with xylitol in them are unsafe, like unbaked bread dough. In addition, raisins, grapes, and currants are a no-go too. Also, ensure your pet doesn’t find and gulp down onions, macadamia nuts, garlic, and sage. Instead, serving them with platters of green beans, carrots, sweet potatoes, and small pieces of lean-cooked meat is better. All this advice will assist you in avoiding pet-related emergencies or allergies.
Prep Your Pet for Guests
Whenever a new guest arrives, don’t allow your pets to greet them at the door. Even if they know who the visitors are, it still could be better since friends and family may leave your pet squeezed out in the gap between their legs. Additionally, update all pet microchips and double-check that your pets’ tags are on their collars as part of your pet safety strategy. Plus, move electronic cords and electrical cables out of their reach. They may be more tizzy than usual if they ignore them during this event.
Support Your Pet’s Wellness at Alexander Animal Hospital
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.