Pet Holiday Safety Tips

Tips for a Pawsitively Safe Holiday Season

Ensure a safe, joyful holiday for pets with tips on pet-safe decorations, avoiding toxic plants, using LED candles, pet-friendly wrapping, and treat awareness.

The holiday season can be a time of great joy as we celebrate and spend quality time with loved ones. With all the hustle and bustle of decorating, meal preparation and gift wrapping, it’s important to remember that our furry family members may need extra care and attention to enjoy a safe and happy holiday season as well.

Here are some essential safety tips to consider during this festive time of year, to ensure your pets are safe from any potential harm.

Decorating with Pet Safe Materials

Decking the halls is certainly a timeless tradition, however, some decorations can cause health and safety risks to curious pets. When thinking about new decorations, or assessing your current collection, keep in mind that pet friendly materials are always the best option. If your pet decides to investigate, or perhaps in a moment of excitement takes off with one of the pieces, you want to be sure it can not pose a choking or other type of hazard. Tinsel is something that should be avoided for example. You should also make sure your holiday tree is securely fastened to the base to prevent your pet from toppling it over.

Be Mindful of Poinsettias, Mistletoe and Holly

While poinsettias, mistletoe and holly are festive additions to cheerful holiday décor, they can be highly toxic if ingested by your pet. If you decide to add them to your decorations, make sure they are completely out of reach in an area your pet cannot access. Be mindful that any fallen berries, leaves or branches, however minute, can cause internal illness, digestive issues and possible poisoning in pets. Alternatively, you could opt for the artificial version of these plants to be on the safe side.

Never Leave Candles Unattended

This is pretty much a general safety rule overall, but it is especially true for households with pets. Candles do make things a bit more cozy and warm, especially during the holiday season, but they can also pose a fire hazard, or injure your pets if they are not out of reach. If you do use candles, you may want to opt for tea lights in a decorative glass holder displayed out of your pet’s reach. LED candles are another way to enjoy the ambiance without worrying about the safety factor.

Use Pet-Safe Wrapping Paper

Wrapping gifts is part of the holiday joy, and something many people take pride in so they can present a gift that is all decked out. The materials, however, can be a temptation for pets to play with or chew. It’s best to choose gift wrap paper that is non-toxic to animals, or opt for alternatives such as reusable fabric gift bags.

Be Aware of Holiday Treats

The holidays can certainly be a time of indulgence for everyone. It’s important to keep in mind that your indulgent treats can be harmful and toxic to your furry family members. Many foods made for human consumption are not suitable for pets. These include chocolate, certain fruits and nuts, cakes and cookies. It’s best to keep your dessert and candy items stored securely away from your pets and remind your guests not to share their food with your furry companions. Some pet parents opt to buy or make special holiday treats for their furry family members, which is a safe way to include something special for them in your celebrations.

Establish a Safe Place

Part of the fun of the holiday season is enjoying the company of loved ones. Unfamiliar people, loud noises, and unordinary activities can be overwhelming for our pets. Creating a designated space your pet can retreat to is a way to ensure that they have a place to take a break. This can be a spare room, or their own special corner with their bed, treats, favorite toys, fresh water and anything that can help reduce their anxiety. Some pet parents have certain television channels or relaxation music their pets enjoy.

Maintain Regular Routine

Amidst the excitement of the holiday season, things can certainly get hectic. It’s important to keep your pets in their regular routine to avoid undue stress. Maintaining their normal feeding and exercise schedule is critical to their well-being. A tired pet is also less likely to cause mischief, such as for attention, so be sure to make time for playing and walks to help them burn off their excess energy. That way everyone can relax and enjoy the festivities.

Taking a few extra precautions and being aware of potential hazards will help to make the holiday season safe and joyful for your pets. Everyone wants to have a good time that creates lasting memories with loved ones – including our furry family members!

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