Keeping your pets safe during the holidays
Whether it’s Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Canada Day or just a well-deserved long weekend, most pet parents get quite busy planning the schedule for themselves, their family, and their pets. Here are a few tips to make sure that your pet enjoys the holidays just as much as you do. Of the many things that you need to be aware of, decorations and food can be the most common cause of mishaps for your pet during a holiday.
If you are a cat parent, it is best to completely avoid using tinsel for decoration. Cats are attracted to tinsel and can play with them using their paws and jaws. If accidentally ingested, your kitty may need surgery. Another thing to avoid is garland. During the Christmas season, many families love the idea of decorating their trees with treats. But if you have a pet pooch who is a little too foodie, it is only a matter of time before they will try to jump on the dangling food and emerge victorious by maybe even bringing down your entire tree.
Most families have a large table laden with food and savouries for their guests to enjoy when celebrating festivities. And for most pets, that translates to ‘our food’ which means they are also as eager to try out the cookies, chocolates and other sweets that have been laid out on the table for guests. If you have a pet dog, avoid placing open chocolates as they can be extremely toxic to dogs if ingested. Make sure that there are no bones left around from the food which can be a choking hazard for your pet. Food made with onions can cause anemia in pets and must be kept away from them. Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs. Some nuts like macadamia nuts are known to cause a toxic reaction among pets and must be kept away.
The holiday season is meant for you to enjoy with your family and your pets too. If your pet is people shy, they can get anxious or intimidated by too many guests. Make arrangements for them to have a quiet corner for themselves while you are attending to your guests. If you are travelling by car, make sure to fasten your pet appropriately. In colder weather, buy a pair of booties from your local pet grooming shop in Windsor for your pets to protect their feet.
Just like kids who get bored with too many grown-ups around and not much to do, pets too can get anxious and bored. As a result, they may end up manifesting their boredom by chewing off the decorations or indulging in mischief. In the festivities, gift your pets some toys from your local pet store or a pet grooming session to help them relax. Contact For Your Fur Kids for more tips, tricks and options to pamper your pets.