It’s a great time of year to celebrate with family members—and that includes those of the four-legged variety. Here are some tips to help make sure your celebrations are safe for your pet.
1. Check your decorations.
It’s fun to decorate for the holidays, but try to make them as safe as possible. For instance, if you’re hanging lights, tape down any wires that might be tripped over or chewed on and use battery powered candles rather than the real thing.
2. Offer pet safe food.
Your pet can join the feast, but be sure you only offer pet safe foods. Mashed sweet potato or skinless turkey meat are good choices. Browse this blog for some yummy pet recipe ideas!
3. Watch those bones.
Never give your pet real turkey or chicken bones. Your pet could choke on them or they could splinter apart and injure your pet’s mouth.
4. Keep chocolate out of paw’s reach.
This goes for chocolate bars and candies as well as desserts that contain cocoa, like brownies or chocolate cake. Keep in mind that goodies sweetened with Xylitol can also be harmful to pets.
5. Set up a peaceful retreat.
If the festivities are at your house, give your pet a cozy place to get away and rest. Put a favorite blanket in a room with some water and a few toys so your pet will be comfortable there.
It can also be a good idea to have your pet stay in that room while groups of guests are coming or going. Pets can get stepped on during the commotion or scoot out the door unexpectedly.
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