Protect Your Pets This Holiday Season
The holiday season is a wonderful time of the year, filled with joy and family. However, during this festive season, it’s important to remember that the things we love most about the holidays can be dangerous for our pets. From decorations to holiday treats, there are many pet hazards to avoid this holiday season. At Lakeside Animal Hospital, we’d like to share some information to help you keep your pet safe. Let’s dive into some of the common pet hazards during this special time of year.
Dangerous Decorations & Plants
Decorations can be a great way to celebrate the holidays with your family and friends, but they can also pose a risk to your pet’s safety. Strings of lights, tinsel, and other decorations may seem harmless, but they can easily become wrapped around your pet’s neck or limbs. Additionally, common holiday plants like poinsettias and mistletoe are toxic if ingested by pets, so it’s important to keep them out of reach.
Holiday Treats & Sweets
It is not uncommon for people to give their pets special treats during the holidays, but it is important that these treats come from pet-safe sources only. Cookies and candy contain high levels of sugar, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs and cats. And of course, chocolate is toxic to pets. Even worse, certain human foods, such as grapes and raisins, could lead to kidney failure if ingested by pets. Remember: When in doubt about what you should feed your pet, always consult with your veterinarian first!
Food Wrappings & Containers
We all love getting together for delicious meals during the holidays. However, food wrappings and containers can be dangerous for your furry friends. Be sure to keep all food wrappers out of reach. Aluminum foil can cause severe damage if swallowed by pets. Plastic containers or Ziploc bags should also be avoided since they may contain hazardous chemicals that could harm pets if ingested. If you have any leftovers, put them away immediately after you finish eating.
The holidays are a wonderful time of year filled with fun activities and delicious snacks, but it is important that we take extra care when it comes to ensuring our furry friends stay safe. By being aware of potential hazards related to decorations, holiday treats, food wrappings, and containers, you can help ensure your pets have a happy (and safe) holiday season. If your pet gets into something they shouldn’t, we are here for you. Contact us to schedule an appointment.