If you have four-legged members of the families at your Fullerton home, it’s important to keep your pets safe and healthy during the holidays. Whether they get into a chocolate treat or accidentally bite on a tree light, there are many things you can do to safeguard your pets this holiday season. Here are some ways to keep your fury friends safe!
- Don’t feed them table scraps and other “people food” that they normally don’t eat. This can lead to stomach upset. Also, be wary of bones in holiday meats if you are planning to give your pet a taste.
- Keep holiday plants like lilies, hollies, and mistletoe out of reach. Also, be sure your pets aren’t drinking the water from your Christmas tree.
- Make sure to keep an eye on pets when they’re around holiday decorations. Many dogs and cats will inadvertently eat decorations, ribbon, tinsel, and more. If they do ingest something, consult your veterinarian immediately. It can often be difficult for pets to pass these kinds of things.
- Make it a point to keep chocolate cookies, candies and other caffeinated products out of your pet’s reach. These can lead to chocolate toxicity. If you suspect that your pet has ingested chocolate, contact your veterinarian immediately.
According to Dr. McConnell, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for Veterinary Pet Insurance, “Our data shows that most pet holiday accidents or injuries are related to pets eating people food or other holiday objects, such as tinsel, holiday houseplants, ornaments and ribbon. Whether it’s holiday food or decorations, pets have a knack for ingesting foreign objects, and it’s important for pet owners to keep unsafe items out of reach.”
One of the last things you need during the holidays is an unexpected (and expensive) trip to the vet, so keep these tips in mind when you’re readying your Fullerton home for the holidays.
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