How To Keep Your Pets Safe This Holiday Season

The first dusting of snow. Twinkling lights dangling from trees. The aroma of baked goods wafting from the kitchen. They all mean one thing: It’s the holiday season, a time to share with furry loved ones. It’s also a good time for pet parents to remember that what makes this time of year special for them might not be so festive for their four-legged companions.

At Guardian Veterinary Emergency, we want to help ensure that the holidays remain the most wonderful time of the year for pets and their families. A little common sense goes a long way when it comes to pet holiday safety. And just in case you need our services, we’re open 24 hours on Christmas and New Year’s day for emergency care.

Here are a few pet safety tips that will help make the holiday season a success:

Be Prepared

With so much going on during the season, it’s a good idea to have a plan in place just in case you need to act quickly. Call your veterinarian’s office to see what their holiday hours are. And make sure you know where the nearest 24/7 emergency animal hospital is located. Please keep this information in a visible spot in case you or your pet’s caregiver need it quickly.

Keep Your Home Safe

Your home might be filled with festive items like a tree, tinsel, candles, and food that can seem inviting to curious pets. Make sure trees are anchored to a wall or ceiling with fishing line. And if you keep water under your tree, pets might try to drink it, so avoid using preservatives or chemical additives.

Shiny ornaments can look like toys to a pet. But they can be dangerous, especially if broken and digested, so keep them out of your pet’s reach. While poinsettias and lilies are beautiful holiday plants, they are quite toxic for cats and dogs. We recommend using artificial plants but make sure your curious felines don’t nibble on the plastic leaves.

If you will be hosting a small holiday get together this year, keep your anxious dogs and cats in mind. Pets are sensitive to changing schedules. And they can be nervous around people they don’t know. Create a safe space for them with their favorite toys and treats, away from the holiday festivities.

Do Not Give Pets Human Food

While many of our favorite festive dishes are delicious, they can be quite harmful to pets.

Please avoid giving your dog or cat the following:

  • Alcohol
  • Avocado
  • Chocolate, coffee, and caffeine
  • Citrus
  • Coconut and coconut oil
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Milk and dairy
  • Nuts
  • Onions, garlic, and chives
  • Raw/undercooked meat, eggs, and bones
  • Salt and salty snack foods
  • Xylitol (Artificial sweetener)
  • Yeast dough

Keep Fido away from the ham and turkey. Fatty pieces of meat can cause life-threatening pancreatitis. Also, never give your dog a turkey bone, which can be easily swallowed or splinter and cause injury.

Away From Home

Whether you leave your dog or cat with a caretaker while you travel or take them with you, a few simple precautions will help make it a successful trip for both pets and pet parents.

If traveling by car with your pet, make sure they are secured by a harness or in a carrier. And never leave them alone in a parked car. Wherever you take your pet, make sure to bring his or her favorite pet food and any medication it may need. And keep copies of their medical records handy in case you need them. Storing them on your phone is a great idea.

Make sure your pet is up to date on all vaccines. And talk to your veterinarian about protecting them from contagious diseases. Lastly, always know where the nearest emergency animal hospital is en route and at your final destination.

Just In Case
Accidents happen. Sometimes there are emergencies. And if something happens to your pet, Guardian Veterinary Emergency is here to help. Please visit us at 517 Route 211E Middletown, NY 10941 or call us at 845- 692-0260.

And in an emergency, always remember to:

  • Stay calm. The more stressed you become, the more stressed your animal will become.
  • Keep a pet emergency kit with you at all times. You can assemble your own with things like water bowls, blankets, medicine, and an extra leash and collar. Or you can buy one at many pet stores or online retailers.
  • Be careful when handling a sick or injured pet. A scared animal can sometimes be aggressive.
  • Please drive carefully. Getting stopped for speeding will only delay your pet getting the care it needs.

Happy Holidays from Guardian Veterinary Emergency

We hope you find the above pet safety tips valuable. A little planning goes a long way for making the holidays merry and bright for our beloved pets. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 845-692-0260.

At Guardian Veterinary Emergency, we offer exceptional care without exception

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