Although you might be eagerly waiting for the holiday season, the well-being of your pet should be one of your priorities as well. More precisely, not just people but also cats and dogs can get sick due to food poisoning.
A group of specialists from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the American Kennel Club have developed a set of safety guidelines which pet owners should follow to keep their pets healthy this month.
Almost everyone loves Christmas decorations, but they might turn out to be a threat to your feline and canine companions. First, try to avoid embellishing your house with holly and mistletoe.
Eating mistletoe can cause cardiovascular issues and stomach pain in pets, whereas holly can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea. The ASPCA officials strongly recommend pet owners to replace these ornaments with plastic and silk plants.
Make sure your Christmas tree won’t accidentally fall. Cats and dogs become curious when they see such a large object in your house. As such, they might try to climb it or worse, make it fall.
To prevent such incidents, you can anchor the tree by tying it to weights put around the sides. Or, you can simply tie the tree to a small hook attached to the ceiling with the help of fishing line.
The ASPCA specialists underline that cats are mostly attracted to the sparkling tinsel, whereas dogs usually nibble on it. Therefore, swallowing it might block their intestines and lead to surgery.
Even if you might be busy during the holiday season, don’t put your routine aside. The veterinarians explain that pets need to play, walk, and feed on schedule. Also, if you decided to throw a party, keep in mind that not every guest will love your dog, especially if you have a large one.
Large dogs might be intimidating. As such, try to keep your dog in a separate room or simply keep it near you all the time or with a family member. Last but not least, don’t forget to feed your pet before the party.
Avoid products which might be toxic such as chocolate, and any food which might contain caffeine. Otherwise, your pet will experience abnormal heart rhythms and stomach problems. When it comes to fruits, never feed your pet with raising, grape, and candy because they can lead to kidney and liver failure.