The months of November and December are a big time of the year for family gatherings and excitement. Pets sense the added excitement and can react in different ways. Some pets react by being overexcited, anxious, or withdrawn.
To help your pet deal with the holiday activities:
- Serve meals at regular times.
- Provide plenty of fresh water.
- Keep the exercise routine up.
- Provide a warm, dry, and quiet place to sleep and rest.
- Provide plenty of toys of their own.
- If you have guests visiting, designate a room in the house to be a safe room for your pet. Pets can sometimes get in the way and get stepped on, become over excited and nip or bite, or they can slip out the door.
- An updated ID tag should be affixed to your pet’s collar just in case he/she does accidentally slip out.
Decorating for the holidays can create hazards for the pet. Be sure to carefully watch your pet around the following:
- Some decorations can be a choking hazard – tinsel, icicles, glass ornaments, and plastic snow.
- Electrical cords can cause danger if the pet (cat, dog, or other) chews on it. Check cords regularly to make sure they are not being chewed.
- Secure your tree to the ceiling or wall to prevent it from falling on your pet.
- Be sure to use a fire place screen and keep candles out of reach to avoid being knocked over.
- Holiday items to keep away from your pet:
- Candies or gum containing the sweetner xylitol.
- Lilies, mistletoe, holly berries, and poinsettias
- Leftovers such as bones, grease, spicy and fatty foods, and turkey.
- Christmas tree water
- Aluminum foil
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