While the holiday season is a wonderful time of the year filled with festivities and celebrations, it’s important to keep a few important safety tips in mind when celebrating with your furry family members.
Festive Foods: While we all know “people food” can often be harmful for our pets; it is especially important to remember this around the holidays. Avoid sharing any sweets or leftovers with your furry best friend. Chocolate is particularly common this time of the year and if ingested by your Brittany it can cause heart abnormities and even seizures. By keeping these potentially toxic foods out of your pet’s reach, you will not only ensure the safety of your pet, but it will help keep the extra pounds off your pet during the holidays.
Pesky Plants: Avoid Mistletoe, Holly and Poinsettias – all can potentially cause gastrointestinal and cardiovascular problems if ingested. Instead, opt for some merry artificial plants or pet-friendly bouquets.
Dangerous Decorations: While Christmas Trees are must for this merry time of year, they can often seem like a tempting toy to our furry family members. A curious kitten playing with Christmas decorations may look innocent and sweet, but if they accidentally ingest tinsel or other festive décor, it can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting or dehydration. So, when you deck the halls this year, make sure you keep decorations out of your pets’ reach.
New Years’ Noise: Fireworks are terrifying to many pets, so make sure your furry friends are in a safe, escape-proof spot before the countdown starts. Noisy poppers & other NYE goodies can also scare pets and damage their sensitive ears. If you know your home might be extra noisy this year, consider asking our vets about options for pets that are noise sensitive.
Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season!