Once again the holidays are approaching us and we need to be aware of the safety and guidelines for our pets when putting up any decorations, having parties,etc.
De-icing products, salt and ice can get into fur and paws, causing skin irritation or more serious conditions. Thoroughly wipe their paws and tummy when they come in.
Take care to wipe up any spilled antifreeze – dogs and cats like the sweet taste. Ingestion of glass, metal, ribbons or tinsel can lead to an emergency. Also, snow globes and artificial snow contain chemicals that can be harmful if ingested or inhaled. Pretty as they are, ivy, holly mistletoe, poinsettia, lilies and Christmas greens can all be toxic if ingested. That goes for tree water too.
If you’re having a party and have to hustle around, animals can get frightened from the crowd. So designate a quiet, secure room or boarding.
And no chocolate for pets! The sweet stuff contains a chemical that is highly toxic to pets. Our Thanksgiving and Christmas feast aren't healthy for our pets, skin, gravy bones and other things we love to eat can cause severe GI upset that can lead to a trip to the veterinarian and possible hospitalization.
We hope these few helpful tips keep your pet safe and heathy during this holdiay season,