Christmas is for the whole family including our beloved pets. Unfortunately, animals can get scared with all the lights, decorations and festivities happening during the holiday season. Here are tips on how you can help your pets enjoy Christmas as much as you do:
Decorations and Plants
Dogs will be dogs, and cats will be cats. Pets are like children who do silly things when you’re not watching. Displaying a real Christmas tree in your home may pose a danger as it contains elements that can be harmful and toxic to pets when ingested in large amounts. The oils from a fir tree for example, can irritate dogs and cats, causing them to vomit or drool excessively, while the tree’s sharp needles can puncture their digestive organs.
Artificial Christmas trees can be a safer alternative when you have pets at home. However, you can’t always trust your four-legged friend whose number one hobby is chewing anything that comes her way. When your pet gets hold of a branch tip, its needles can get stuck in his throat. And if the tree is wrapped with lights, the cord can get tangled around your dog or cat and the light bulb can break into sharp splinters. You can make your home safe for both your pet and your tree by raising the tree off the floor with a platform. Enclosing it with a fence is also a good idea for making the tree corner safe from curious pets and crawling babies.
One of the most exciting things about Christmas is the abundant amount of food that can tease and satisfy your palate. But no matter how enjoyable a dish is, it can be harmful to your adored animals. For example, bones, when chewed, may become sharp and can damage your pet’s intestines. Grapes, raisins, chocolates, garlic, and onions can also be poisonous to your furry companion. Keep them away from human food if you are unsure of its safety. Provide pet treats and toys, so animals can also enjoy themselves during holiday celebrations.
Reserve a quiet spot where your pets can stay during holiday parties. Dogs and cats can get stressed with an unusual number of people walking around the house. Keeping them in a peaceful area where they have access to their toys, treats and water will keep them happy and satisfied as you mingle with your guests. It can also keep them from breaking glasses and plates, which are probably scattered around the house during this time.
Follow any of these tips to ensure the safety of your pets during this season of merrymaking.