Safety Tips to Ensure Your Pet Has a Happy Holiday
By Donna Beadle
(FeatureSource) With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, many
pet owners overlook holiday hazards their pets can encounter. Between tempting
turkeys and dangerous decorations, pet owners should be ďmaking a list and
checking it twiceĒ to ensure their furry friends have a safe holiday
If you celebrate Christmas, it is customary to have a Christmas
tree. Be sure your tree is out of the way and anchored securely just incase your
feline sees it as a new playground or your pooch looses control during a
room-to-room run. It is also smart to make sure your pets donít see the tree
decorations as an extension of their toy collection. Decorations can be
swallowed or become lodged causing an emergency situation. Electrical cords can
also pose a problem. Keep them out of harmís way and check them regularly for
Gifts under the tree are also tempting to chew. Itís a good
idea to remove stick-on bows as pets can chew and swallow them. Be sure to ask
the gift giver if the gift is safe for pets before placing it under the tree.
Being that our petís sense of smell is much better than ours, itís better to
place edible gifts in a safe spot to remove temptation.
and holiday candy out of petís reach. Although not severely toxic, Poinsettias
can make your pets sick. Chocolate, on the other hand, can cause severe illness
or death. It is a good idea to have a wide variety of toys available to keep
your pet occupied and not tempted by forbidden treats.
The smell of
holiday ham or turkey makes more than your guestsí mouthís water. Be sure not to
leave your holiday feast unattended as it could become a buffet for your pet.
Pets can get upset stomachs from too much food they are not use to, and bones
can splinter or become lodged in their digestive systems causing a surgical
Holiday get-togethers are fun but can be overwhelming for your
pet. Most likely, you will be busy entertaining your guests and not able to keep
an eye on your furry friend. Pets can become anxious in large crowds or wander
off and get into trouble. It is best to provide them a safe haven, such as a
room or a crate, where they can get away from the celebration.
shopping for gifts, preparing for parties and celebrating the season, donít
forget to spend some quality time with your pet so you can all have a happy
Donna Beadle is an animal enthusiast who
has dedicated her life to raising, training and showing German Shepherd Dogs and
Border Collies. Along with her dogs, she shares her farm with two horses, a cat
and a saltwater aquarium. She is the editor of ďThe Sentinel,Ē the official
newsletter of the White German Shepherd Dog Club of America.