Many foods that are enjoyed during the holidays are unsafe for your furry friends to enjoy with you. Chocolate, some fruits, and almost all sweets are not healthy for your animal freinds to eat. Likewise, excessive consumption of people food of any kind can lead to health isues, giving you a trip to the veterinarian instead of to a holiday party.
It can be difficult to monitor the foods your pets eat during holiday gatherings, especially when there are many people around who may be likely to give your pet a "little treat" from their plate. Little treats can end up to be big problems if there are too many pet-generous people at your party. Some more adventurous pets will even "counter surf" to help themself to holiday snacks and buffets, so keeping track of your furry friends is important during the holidays. In order to keep your pets safe, consider asking guests when they arrive to not feed anything to pets, or even consider keeping pets away from the festivities for a little while when food is served.
Plants and Decorations
There are several holiday plants that can be toxic to animals, including poinsettias, real mistletoe, and holly berries. But sometimes the things that are put on our trees and plants can be just as dangerous as the plants themselves. Some plants are treated with sprays or chemicals to keep them fresher longer over the holidays, so keeping pets from chewing on leaves and flowers is important. Also, some water sources for Christmas trees and flower arrangements are also treated, and drinking out of that water can make animals ill. Be sure to cover all water not intended for animals to drink, since many of the additives are both colorless and odorless.
Decorations are always a source of concern for pets, including tinsel, garland, glass ornaments, food ornaments, and others. To a playful pet these items can look like fun toys, but eating any of these can be dangerous. Even tinsel or garland left on trees that are set outside for disposal can become a problem for wildlife if it is ingested. Just as with young children, be sure to place holiday decorations out of the reach of pets and wildlife to keep everyone safe.
What pet owner hasn't had the pleasure of finding a once beautifully wrapped package pre-opened by a pet? Whenther it's clawed, scratched, or chewed, pets can be worse than children when it comes to trying to seak a peek underneath wrapping paper! Protect your pets from potential problems by limiting the use of plastic ribbons and bows, which can cause health issues if eaten. Also, protect food gifts from prying paws- those gifts waiting under the tree may become the target of a hungry pet looking for a snack! Many holiday foods aren't safe for pets to eat, so not only will you lose a gift, but you may end up with a veterinarian bill, too.
The holidays are a time of festivities, beauty, and enjoyment for family and loved ones. Take a few minutes this holiday season to protect your furry friends from the beautiful- but sometimes problematic- signs of the season we all love so much. Happy holidays!