House Rules: If our animal-loving guests would like to give your pets a little extra attention and exercise while you’re busy basting the turkey, ask them to feel free to start a nice play or petting session. Avoid over exciting our pets in what could be a stressful situation for them.
Private Pet Place: It is important to provide our pets with their own quiet safe retreat with fresh water and a place to snuggle. Timid pup dogs and kitty cats will want to escape the clamour. Put their carrying case, kennel, bed or favourite blanket in a separate room away from the and boisterous hullabaloo. Be sure to show them where you relocated it to so they can find there safe zone when needed.
Cheers to New Year’s: As you count down to the new year, please keep in mind that strings of thrown confetti can get lodged in a cat’s intestines in much the same way as tinsel. Noise makers, and poppers can terrify pets and possibly damage sensitive ears. Many pets are also frightened of fireworks, so be sure to secure them in a safe, escape-proof area as midnight approaches.
Be Cautious with Decorations and Seasonal Plants
Toss out the Tinsel: Kitties love this sparkly, light-catching strands that are easy to bat around and carry in their mouths. But if they swallow the tinsel, this can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery. It’s best to brighten your boughs with something other than tinsel.
Avoid the Christmas Tree Catastrophe: Anchor your Christmas tree securely so it doesn’t topple over, causing possible injury to pets as the cat plays hide and seek in the tree with the dog. This will also prevent the tree water from spilling. Stagnant tree water is a breeding ground for bacteria, and our pets could end up with an upset stomach, nausea or diarrhea should they slurp up the spill.
Side-Step the Mistletoe & Holly: When ingested, Holly can cause pets to suffer diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. Additionally many varieties of lilies can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested. Choose a pet-safe bouquet of artificial plants made from silk or plastic.
Wired Up: Keep wires, batteries and glass or plastic ornaments out of paws’ reach. A wire can
deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus, while shards of breakable ornaments can cut our precious pets paws, damage our pet’s mouth and digestive tract.
That Holiday Glow: Curious pets may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over. Please use appropriate candle holders, placed on a stable surface. And if you leave the room, put the candle out! Don’t leave lighted candles unattended.
Prevent the Festive Season Food Perils
Remove the Remnants: Fatty, spicy human foods, as well as turkey or ham bones, should not be fed to our furry friends. Cooked bones can break up into needle sharp splinters. Pets can join the festivities in other fun ways that won’t lead to costly medical bills.
Alcohol Alert: If the festivities include adult holiday beverages, be sure to place your unattended alcoholic drinks where pets cannot get to them. If ingested, your pet could become weak, ill and may even go into a coma, possibly resulting in death from respiratory failure.
Skip the Sweets: By now we understand the toxic dangers to pets of ingesting chocolate and anything sweetened with xylitol, but do we understand the extent a determined pet will go to munch on something yummy? Be sure to keep your pets away from the table and unattended plates of food, and secure the lids on garbage cans.
Selecting Special Treats: Looking to stuff your pet’s stockings? Stick with chew toys that are tuff or close to indestructible, Kongs, West Paw Tizzy’s or Cycle Dog Turtles can be stuffed with healthy biscuits or all natural chew treats that are designed to be safely digestible.
Long, shiny, stringy things are the stuff of every kitty cats dream, but the most risky Christmas things for cats involve tinsel, ribbon, yarn and loose little parts that can get stuck in the intestines, often necessitating surgery.
Surprise the feline family member with an interactive wand toy, new ball that’s too big to swallow, a stuffed catnip toy or the interactive cat dancer. Come into Telling TAILS and let us help you with all your four legger’s toys and treats this Christmas.