It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Make sure your home and your pets are prepared for whatever comes your way this holiday season with our tips on keeping your furry friends safe during this special time of year.

Holiday Gatherings & Guests

If you are welcoming guests into your home this holiday season, there are some things you can do to help your pet remain comfortable and safe. Help pets release energy by making sure they get plenty of exercise and play time before guests arrive. Designate a quiet, safe place for your pet to retreat to when they need a break from the festivities. Inform guests to not feed your pet table scraps. Instead, have your pet’s favorite treat readily available so you can reward their good behavior after everyone has enjoyed their meal.

Holiday Food

There is an abundance of tasty food and treats during the holidays and it can be tempting to give your pet a few table scraps, but veterinarians warn against feeding your pet even a little bit of human food. Pets have very different dietary needs than humans and even a small amount of food can negatively impact their health. According to AAHA, pancreatitis cases typically increase around the holidays, when families celebrate with festive meals. This year, be safe and keep the scraps away from your pets!

Seasonal Decorations and Plants

Before decking the halls, it’s important to consider the decorations you are using and the potential dangers they pose to your pets. If you use holiday lights, make sure the dangling cords are tucked away and out of reach so your pet does not chew on them-which can cause electrical shock. Burning candles should be placed out of your pet’s way to protect your pet from knocking them over and creating a fire hazard. Shiny tinsel and bright ribbon is attractive to curious pets and is easily swallowed, which can cause serious intestinal blockage. Holiday plants such as holly, mistletoe, and poinsettias can cause your pet’s stomach to become upset if ingested. Take precautions while decorating and keep an eye on your pets when decorations are out to help keep your pet safe from these festive, yet potentially hazardous items.

We wish you and your pets a happy, healthy holiday season!