There’s certainly a lot of celebrating that goes on between late November through the first of the new year. The holidays are a wonderful time to celebrate with friends and family especially with all of the great food and decorations that Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day parties bring. It’s important to remember that what might be festive and fun for people, may not always be good for your pet, so keep the following in mind as you plan for the holidays:
- Do not feed fatty, spicy foods or bones to pets. This can lead to serious gastrointestinal upset and/or choking.
- Ensure your garbage can has a secure lid on it. Just because you’re not actively feeding people food to your pets, doesn’t mean they won’t be tempted by the tasty smells coming from the garbage and try to access the food scraps or bones placed in the trash.
- Don’t leave lit candles unattended. Pets may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over.
- Make sure you hang tinsel and other decorations out or your pet’s reach to avoid injuries to mouths, paws and situations that may lead to an intestinal blockage.
- Make sure your pet has a quiet, safe place to retreat to especially if holiday celebrations are going to be noisy or getting hectic.
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