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How to keep your pets safe during holiday celebrations

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  • Holiday pet safety tips.
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  • Holiday foods can also be hazardous.

Holiday celebrations are a time of joy and festivity, but they can also present various hazards to pets.

From the bustling activity and unfamiliar guests to the tempting array of foods and decorations, these festivities can be overwhelming and even dangerous for our furry friends.

This tips will help keep your pets safe during holiday celebrations, ensuring they enjoy the season as much as you do.

By taking a few precautions, you can make sure your holiday celebrations are fun and safe for every member of your family, including the four-legged ones.

Be mindful of holiday foods and treats

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Many holiday foods and treats, while delicious for humans, can be harmful or even toxic to pets.

Foods like chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions, and certain nuts are dangerous for dogs and cats, and should be kept out of their reach.

Alcohol and sweets, especially those containing xylitol, can also pose serious health risks to pets.

Always ensure that your holiday spread is pet-friendly, and consider keeping your pets in a separate room during meal times to prevent accidental ingestion of harmful foods.

Decorations and pets can be a bad combo

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Holiday decorations can add a festive touch to your home but can pose risks to curious pets.

Tinsel, ribbons and ornaments can be tempting for pets to play with or ingest, leading to potential choking hazards or digestive blockages.

Electrical cords from lights should be secured and kept out of reach to prevent chewing, which can lead to electrical shocks or burns.

It’s important to pet-proof your home by placing decorations out of reach and closely monitoring your pets when they are in decorated areas.

Holiday pet safety also means managing stress and anxiety

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Holidays can bring a flurry of activity and unfamiliar guests, which can be stressful for pets.

To help manage your pet’s anxiety, provide them with a quiet, comfortable space away from the noise and crowds where they can relax.

Maintaining their regular routine as much as possible, including feeding and exercise schedules, can also help keep their stress levels low.

Additionally, consider using calming aids like pheromone diffusers or anxiety wraps if your pet is prone to stress.

Fireworks and loud noises

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Fireworks and loud celebratory noises are common during holidays but can be terrifying for pets.

These loud sounds can cause anxiety and panic, leading to pets running away or injuring themselves.

To protect your pets, keep them indoors in a secure, comfortable space during fireworks displays.

Providing background noise like music or television can also help mask the sound of fireworks and keep your pets calm.

Holiday plants and pet safety

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Many holiday plants, while beautiful, can be toxic to pets if ingested.

Plants like poinsettias, holly, mistletoe and lilies should be kept out of reach or avoided altogether if you have pets.

If you suspect your pet has ingested a toxic plant, contact your veterinarian or an animal poison control center immediately.

Opting for pet-safe artificial plants can be a safer alternative to bring holiday cheer into your home.

Traveling with pets during the holidays

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If you plan to travel during the holidays with your pets, it’s important to ensure their safety and comfort.

Make sure your pet is comfortable with travel, and consider using a secure, well-ventilated carrier.

Bring along their familiar items, such as toys, bedding, and food, to make the journey less stressful.

Always have your pet’s identification and medical records on hand, and never leave them unattended in a vehicle.

Holiday pet safety and gifts

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When choosing holiday gifts and toys for your pets, opt for items that are safe and appropriate for their size and chewing habits.

Avoid toys with small parts that can be swallowed or chewed off, posing choking hazards.

Inspect pet toys regularly for signs of wear and tear, and replace them when necessary.

Providing your pets with their own toys and treats can also keep them entertained and less interested in potentially harmful holiday items.

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