As much as we may think that our pets know everything, pets probably do not know that the holiday season is a special time of the year when we may enjoy ourselves a little more than usual. The result can be that our pets may get into something or eat something they should be avoiding.
10 Ways to Keep Your Pet Safe This Holiday Season
1. Keep the chocolate far away from your pet.
Chocolate has an ingredient in it that can cause vomiting and diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death according to the ASPCA.
2. Keep ornaments made out of food or which may even be food off of your tree.
You would not want your pet to get curious about this attractive item on your tree.
3. Through the bones away first.
While experts say that it should be safe to serve your pet leftover cooked turkey, you should not give your pet any bones from the animal.
4. Keep lit candles in a safe spot.
It is easy to forget a candle lit on a shelf or a table but, pets do get curious about these kinds of things. Keep your lit candle in a safe spot and somewhere that you can keep an eye on.
This is especially true with kitties. They find this shiny thing attractive and want to play with it and chew on it. Tinsel can cause trouble when eaten and should be kept far away from our pets.
6. No Mistletoe for pets.
Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset or, in rare cases with mistletoe, cardiovascular problems according to the ASPCA.
7.Use only water on that tree.
Keeping what was once a live tree fresh during the holiday season may entail the use of liquids at the base of the tree. Make sure that you are using only water as pets may think this is just another water bowl they can drink from.
8. Be safe with spirits.
The holidays often bring more reasons to enjoy alcohol. Make sure that your pet stays clear of alcohol as it is not good for them.
9.Be safe with the wires.
Decorating a house can mean the use of wires. Keep your wires as safe as possible and out of the way of pets.
10. Pet need warmth too.
Yes, pets do have a fur coat on them. If it is cold outside, this fur coat may not be enough to keep your pet warm. Resist the urge to keep a pet outside when you are wanting a pet-free home for entertaining.