Holiday safety for pets – The Edwardsville Intelligencer

The holiday season is upon us, and several families include their pets during this time of year. So it is very important to try and keep your pets’ eating and exercise as close to their normal routine as possible. The following are a few safety tips that can help keep your pet safe:

Oh, Christmas Tree: Make sure your tree is secure so your dog or cat cannot move it or does not tip over. If your tree is real make sure your pet does not drink the water, this can cause upset stomach from stagnant tree water and is a breeding ground for bacteria, and could cause diarrhea.

Candles: Make sure not to leave candles lit or unattended. Pets can burn themselves or cause a fire if something is knocked over, also be sure to make sure they are on a stable surface.

Tinsel and Garland: Kittens and cats love playing with light-catching items and feel they are toys, but playing can lead to a nibble or a swallow which can lead to an obstruction if an item is swallowed.

Sweets and Food: Please do not feed your animals chocolate, this can harm your animal and make them very sick. Make sure you watch your pets if you leave the table, along with making sure to secure lids on garbage cans.

Special Treats: A lot of pet parents buy special items during the holidays for their pets. It is always best to stick with chew toys that cannot easily be eaten, such as Kong toys that can be stuffed with healthy treats or peanut butter. Kittens and cats love toys they can play with and bat around, balls or stuffed catnip.

House Rules: If you have guests in your home that love to give your pets extra attention feel free to go about doing other things, if you have guests in your home that are not pet friendly make sure the animal is put in a separate room away from the party.

This time of year is a wonderful time full of family and friends and, of course, Santa! While it is wonderful to have your pets included during this time of year, please make sure they are safe while doing so. Everyone has a wonderful holiday season and a happy 2022!


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