Don’t forget about your four-legged friends this holiday season, Dr. Jan Pol shares his six top tips for a happy and safe celebration.
1. Tinsel in a Tangle:
During the holidays, homes are decked out with all kinds of festive decorations, but please keep tinsel and ribbons away from your pets. If swallowed, they can cause a tangled mess in their intestines that can’t be passed.
When taking your dog out for a walk, make sure to clean the salt and snowballs, or anything else, that gets stuck between their toes. The best way is warm water and towel dry.
3. Bone Appetit:
It’s the time of year when everyone is eating tasty treats, but don’t share table food with your pets. Put scraps in a latched container (especially the bones). Beggers get a kernel of dog food and a pat on the head. They’ll stay healthier that way.
4. Paws-itively Lit:
Candles are favorite decorative items, especially around the holidays. A lit candle gives a cozy feeling, but it can become a serious danger if you’re not careful, especially if you have an energetic, curious pet in the house. Consider LED candles for everyone’s safety.
While real florals and plants make for nice decorations, some can be toxic. Keep them out of reach or choose artificial plants.
6. Home for the Paw-lidays:
Wherever your pets spend the holidays, they should all have collars and identification tags, along with microchipping, that offers a way to reach you if they get away for a little trip of their own. Always walk your dog on a leash; cats can be taught this also.
For more information head to Dr. Pol's website.