Holiday Safety Tips for Pets

Pet behavior and holiday guests:
Keep pets inside during cold weather and provide toys and fresh water. Consider a quiet room or crate during parties to prevent stress or barking. Inform guests in advance about the presence of pets and respect your pets’ boundaries.
Skip the table scraps and human food:
It’s especially important to avoid these harmful foods for pets:
Bones (splintering risk)
Chocolate and candies, especially those containing Xylitol
Citrus fruits, pits, and seeds (many contain essential oils causing various health issues)
Coffee (grounds, beans, and chocolate-covered espresso beans)
Raw or undercooked eggs or fish
Grapes and raisins (can cause kidney problems)
Leaves and stems from certain vegetables
Raw or undercooked meat
Onions, onion flakes, and powder
Trash (keep securely sealed to prevent accidental ingestion)
Holiday decorations and pets don’t mix:
Pet-proof your holiday decorations:
Ensure pets don’t chew on Christmas tree limbs or droppings, as ingested pine needles or cones can cause serious harm.
Be cautious of the water base in Christmas tree stands, which may contain harmful chemicals.
Position tree lights and tinsel out of pets’ reach to prevent ingestion or tree-tipping.
Avoid leaving candles unattended to prevent accidents caused by curious pets.
Keep dogs away from firestarter logs containing sawdust and paraffin.
Watch out for poisonous seasonal plants like ivy, holly, mistletoe, and poinsettias.
Holiday travel and pets can be risky business:
Travel tips for pets:
Consider the risks of air travel for pets, which can be dangerous.
Choose a reliable pet sitter or boarding kennel if leaving pets at home.
Ensure all pets wear collars with ID tags containing your contact information.
In case of emergency
Emergency preparedness for pets:
Know the nearest 24/7 emergency veterinary clinic in advance.
Save your veterinarian or pet hospital’s contact numbers in your phone.
Note and be aware of your pet hospital or clinic’s holiday hours.
Keep the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center number handy: 888-426-4435
Great Tips thanks to the Humane Society of the United States!
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