It's Christmastime. As people hurry and scurry this season, pets tend to be neglected and their safety often overlooked. Here are some tips to keep your furry companions safer during this busy time of year:
Christmas decorations can cause issues for our animals. Garland and tinsel may be ingested, choking, even killing pets. Candles can be knocked over and cause a fire. When using decorations, choose those that pose less danger to your pet and household.
Cats can knock over Christmas trees from climbing into them or enticed by dangling decorations. If you use fragile tree decorations, keep those in the higher branches away from curious companions.
Make sure your pet always has fresh water in its dish so it’s not tempted to drink the water at the base of your live Christmas tree. Place a tree skirt around the tree to cover the water. Christmas tree water becomes dirty and stagnant, and pets that drink it can ingest bacteria and pine needles which drop, causing potential harm to your pet.
Secure and conceal all electrical outlets and connections. This protects not only your pets, but also small children who may visit or live in your home.
Some plants pose health hazards for pets, including mistletoe and poinsettia. Keep these out of your companion's reach or consider purchasing artificial ones.
The excitement, busyness, and stress we experience during the holidays can also stress our pets. Create a quiet place for your dog or cat to which they can go to get away from the commotion. Set up a room in the house away from the noise with familiar things such as your pet's bed, toys, and food and water dishes.
Follow these simple tips and your household will have a safer, more enjoyable Christmas season.