It’s that magical time of the year—presents are wrapped, decorations are hung with care, and our homes are ready for holiday celebrations. The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is a time of joy, but it can also be a time of temptation for our furry friends. So, we’ve pulled together some helpful tips to keep your pet safe & happy during the holiday!
Be Mindful of Holiday Treats
The sights (and smells!) of turkeys, casseroles, and sweets bring excitement to the holidays for humans and their four-legged friends. While it’s tempting to slip our dogs or cats a nibble of something tasty under the table, it’s important to keep in mind that some things might upset their stomachs.
Avoid anything with garlic, onions, and chives, and be mindful of desserts—especially chocolate. In addition, small bones in meat dishes can splinter and cause blockages in the throat or intestines.
Secure the Decorations
Pretty lights, tall Christmas trees, and aromatic candles all add to the holiday ambiance in our homes—but, left unattended, they can also create some holiday headaches! The last thing you want is a candle knocked over by a curious kitten, or an excited pup barreling through a perfectly decorated tree. Make sure your pets have safe spaces to play in, like a room separated by a pet gate, and that items like candles are never out of sight or left burning where a pet can accidentally knock them over.
Create a Stress-Free Environment for our Pets
Large gatherings can trigger excitement and stress in our furry friends. Having a strong “sit” or “settle” command with our playful pups can help us avoid unwanted jumping on our friends and family members around the holidays. It’s also a good idea to have a safe spot to play, like a spare room or yard, in case your guests want to give your pets some extra special attention!
Be mindful of how your pets react to things like poppers and fireworks. If they are sensitive to loud noises, give them a safe, quiet area of the house with a bed and some toys. This will help them stay happy and comfortable while you count down to midnight on New Year’s Eve!
It’s easy to get caught up in the spirit of the season but with these tips, you can create a stress-free, happy home that suits you and your furry friends!