Dangers for doggies and hazards for hounds,
Peril for pooches and pussycats abound.
Christmas is joyous and fun is expected,
Remember your pets and keep them protected.
- Â© 2009 RWH
As we near the holidays, with all the traditions and festivities, the bright colorful lights and decorations, it is easy to forget the potential for danger that exists, not just for us but for our four-legged friends. We all know that there is an inherent danger of fire with the lights and extra extension cords and just the cold dry weather, but here are a few more tips that you may not have considered…
- If you have a live tree, keep the water stand covered. Pine sap mixed with water makes a poisonous drink for your pets. The smell of a live or artificial tree may cause your pet to urine mark it. It may also help to bring the tree into an isolated indoor room for a day or so, so that it smells more like “home”. Secure trees to a wall or ceiling hook with sturdy fishing line. This will help prevent the tree from toppling over should your pet jump on it or accidentally knock it over.
- Pick up any ornament hooks, tinsel or ribbon that fall on the floor. Your pet could experience serious internal injuries if it ingests any of these items. If you have indoor holiday lights, be sure they donâ€™t hang so low that your pet could become entangled in them. Remember to unplug the lights when youâ€™re not home to supervise your pet.
- Keep holiday treats and candies out of your petâ€™s reach. Remember wrapped gifts under your tree that may be food items. Certain foods, especially in excess, can make your pet sick. Chocolate, onions, raisins and alcohol can be fatal to dogs.
- Greens such as balsam and pine, while not strictly toxic, also can cause minor irritation for munching pets. Poinsettias, mistletoe berries and some other plants and popular holiday flowers can cause serious stomach upset for pets.
Provide a quite refuge for your pet. With all the holiday festivities, your pet will need a “time out” from visiting family and friends. A comfortable crate is one solution, or a room with a “Do Not Disturb” sign is another. Give your pet time and space to settle down or take a nap.
Please keep in mind that one of the busiest and most crowded times of the year in animal shelters is after the holidays as unwanted pets fill the shelters. Before giving a pet, make absolutely sure the recipient wants a pet, and what kind of pet they prefer. Better yet, give a certificate that says you will help them find the pet of their dreams. Not only will you be certain they are getting a pet they want and are ready for, but you will also be giving the gift of your time and company.
Parts of this post were from a previously posted article by
Renee Jones, CPDT
Pet Marketing/Canine Specialist
1-800-533-3377 ext. 381