The winter holidays may look a little different this year, but masked guests, decorations, and festive foods can put our pets at risk. Here are a few tips for keeping your animal companion happy this season:
- Try wearing a mask at home from time to time to get your pet used to humans who may be wearing them in your home this year. Give treats whenever you are wearing the mask to create a positive association.
- Put your pet in another room with toys, treats, water, and a bed when having a party or gathering. This way your dog (and especially your cat) will be less stressed.
- Chocolate, raisins, grapes, onions, currants, macadamia nuts, and walnuts are all on the naughty list for pets. Also, beware xylitol—an artificial sweetener found in chewing gum, candy, and peanut butter—which can cause illness and even death.
- Careful with the table scraps! Many of the foods we eat are too fatty, spicy, or rich for animals and can make them sick. No turkey bones for pets, either—they can break into sharp pieces that will be a serious health hazard for pets.
- Keep pets away from holly, mistletoe, poinsettias, and lilies which can be toxic to varying degrees. Avoid shiny tinsel strands that are attractive to cats, who might ingest them.
Have questions or need help prepping your pet for the holidays? Just give us a call at (571) 434-0250.