The holidays are a time for celebrating kindness, happiness, and giving with friends and family.
Homes are filled with guests, food, presents, good times, laughter, and that amazing warm feeling that floods your whole being. However, there are some things to be concerned about. Namely, pet safety around the holidays.
Pets are members of the family too and celebrating the holidays with them is just as important as celebrating with any other member of the family.
Read on for 5 pet safety tips for the holidays!
1. Christmas Trees and Other Plants
Christmas trees can be quite troublesome for pets. Be sure that all lights, tinsel, and ornaments are not hung along the lower branches of the tree. This will help keep your pets from getting tangled and accidentally injuring themselves.
If you have a real Christmas tree, keep the area around the tree free of pine needles. If your pet ingests them, they could puncture their intestines.
Along with Christmas trees, there are also certain holiday plants that could be very poisonous and deadly to your pet. Know exactly what plants you’re bringing into your home, and keep any that could pose a danger well out of reach of your furry friend.
2. Christmas Presents
Presents are undoubtedly one of the best parts of Christmas. However, be sure to keep those presents with bows and ribbons attached to them buried amongst the other presents and away from your pets.
Pets tend to want to play and eat ribbons and bows, which could prove not to be a fun time for you or them later on.
3. Holiday Treats and Food
If you feel the need to give your pet special holiday treats, then provide them something nutritious. Plain cooked carrots, broccoli, and sweet potatoes are the perfect treats for your pets.
4. Candles and Fireplaces
The holiday season is synonymous with candles and warm fireplaces.
Candles should be kept on high shelves out of the reach of pets and their wagging tails.
Also, place a screen in front of your fireplace when lit. Pets are curious animals and can get too close, causing them to be burned by an ember.
5. Traveling and Your Pets
Traveling with your pets can be difficult in the best of conditions. Nothing is more nerve-racking than leaving your pet with someone else.
Boarding your pet is an option if they’ll not be traveling with you. However, be sure to properly research boarding in your area, visit the facilities and meet the staff. These people will be taking care of your pet while you’re gone so make sure they’ll do the best job possible.
Pet Safety During the Holidays
The holidays are a time for celebration and joy, but it is also a time to be extra sensitive and mindful of pet safety.
If you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s safety or boarding your animal during the holiday season, contact us today!
Fuzzy Feet Boarding and Grooming provides dog owners with peace of mind by offering them a safe, comfortable, affordable, and clean environment for their dog through our grooming and boarding facilities.