‘Tis the season for friends, family, and being jolly. The team at Stetson Hills Animal Hospital in Glendale, AZ, wants to keep this season jolly for you and your four-legged friends with the following holiday pet safety tips. We hope you and your family (pets included!) have a wonderful holiday and happy new year!
Pets are curious by nature—especially cats—so tinsel and ribbon are known to draw the attention of many pets during the holidays. If your pet were to eat either of these stringy decorations, it can result in intestinal blockage, which can often be corrected only with surgery. Other potentially dangerous decorations include certain kinds of mistletoe, real Christmas trees (pine needles), and Christmas lights. So keep these decorations out of your pet’s reach and high on your tree, or consider some safer alternatives instead.
Are you throwing a holiday party at your home this year? If so, don’t forget to consider your pet’s safety as you’re busy making your plans. If you decide to leave your pet out to enjoy the fun, make sure your guests are aware of your house rules, such as whether or not you allow your pet to eat table food. If any of your guests are young children, or your pet gets uneasy around large groups of people, it might be best to leave your pet in a separate room. Leave a TV or radio on to create a distraction from the noise of the festivities, and reward your pet with a treat every so often throughout the day to keep them busy.
Toxic Table Food
Your pet is part of the family, and just like the rest of your family, they probably want to partake in your holiday meals, too. Although some table food is safe and healthy for dogs and cats, there are others that are actually toxic to them. On the “toxic” list are foods that contain chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions, macadamia nuts, and the sugar substitute xylitol. If ingested, these foods can result in vomiting, diarrhea, or worse.
If you have any questions about these pet holiday tips for your dog or cat, or if you’d like to schedule an appointment, give us a call at 623-644-7876, and a Stetson Hills Animal Hospital team member will be happy to assist you. We’ll see you in 2016! Happy New Year!