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Pet Safety Guide For The Holidays

Pet Safety Guide For The Holidays

FOOD

While holidays are the perfect excuse to binge on the most drool worthy food, it’s important to keep in mind that the same food could be dangerous for pets. This holiday season, share the joy, but not the food!

Here’s a list of food to avoid sharing with your pets, even though they’re giving you the puppy dog eyes:

  • Candy & Chocolates: Chocolate can contain caffeine, theobromine and xylitol - all of which can be toxic for pets like dogs, cats and birds. Candies can be dangerous as well, which is why it’s best to keep them out of your pets’ reach. 
  • Other Desserts/ Baked Goods: Artificial sweeteners in baked goods can be extremely dangerous for pets as they are known to have resulted in liver failure as well as death for dogs. 
  • Bones & Meat Fats: Cooked bones can break and splinter easily, which if swallowed, can cause serious health issues for pets including death. Consuming meat fats in large amounts can cause diarrhoea, vomiting and cause your pet to fall seriously ill.
  • Citrus & Pits: Lemons and limes are well-known additions to food and drink in the human world but can be a danger to our pets. Lemons and limes, along with other citrus fruits, contain certain essential oils which are harmful for pets . Although a small amount is unlikely to pose a serious threat, it can cause gastrointestinal upset. Ingestion of larger quantities can cause more serious distress.

  • BEHAVIOR

    Holiday festivities often entail large gatherings, and as a result, loud noises. Pets can get anxious during times of merriment due to these loud noises, especially so, if they’re averse to meeting new people and are uncomfortable around them. 

    To tackle these issues during the holiday season, make sure you have a quiet room for your pet to feel safe in. This becomes especially important if it’s New Year’s Eve and your pet gets scared from the sound of fireworks and loud music. During such times, it’s also recommended to make sure that your pet is microchipped and their information is updated to prevent any mishaps. 


    TRAVEL

    If your pet is travelling with you for the holidays, then there are a host of things you need to be prepared with beforehand. The first thing that you need to do is check with your vet if it’s even safe to have your pet travel with you. Give them information on the weather conditions and your mode of travel along with any other relevant details. 

    For instance, some short-nosed dogs are at high-risk when traveling by air. 

    It is also important to pack all of your pet’s essentials, including their treats, medicines and their favorite toy to make them feel secure and comfortable.

     

     

     

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