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Holiday Pet Safety Tips

December 15, 2021

Season’s Greetings! The holidays can be just as much fun for pets as it is for us. Our furry pals enjoy presents and special treats just as much as we do! However, the holidays do pose some dangers to our four-legged friends, so you’ll need to take a few precautions to keep your pet safe. A Virginia Beach, VA vet offers some pet safety tips below.


Decorate Carefully

Pets are very playful, which is both adorable and dangerous. Keep this in mind as you decorate. Anything small or sharp is a potential hazard. This includes things like ornaments, ornament hooks, and small decorations. Be careful with things like ropes or cords, such as lights, tinsel strands, garlands, and ribbons, as well: these pose serious entanglement risks.


Place Plants Carefully

Many popular holiday plants, such as holly, ivy, poinsettias, yew, and mistletoe, are toxic to pets. Keep these out of paws’ reach!


Choose Safe Foods

Special treats are a big part of many holiday celebrations. Go ahead and indulge your furry friend with something extra yummy! Just stick with things that you know are safe.


Be Careful With Fire

Candles and fireplaces are also hazardous. Put candles in high, secure spots, such as sconces, and use grates before fireplaces.


Be Aware Of Stress

Our furry buddies can get quite unsettled by changes to their routine or environment. Guests, decorations, commotion, and travel can all make your animal companion feel uneasy. Pay some extra attention to your pet, and make sure they feel loved and safe. 


Guests

Are you having people over for the holidays? If you know or suspect that your visitors will enjoy giving Fluffy and Fido treats, set out a treat jar of approved snacks. Ask them not to offer your pet anything else without checking. If people are staying over, have them keep the door to their room shut. Otherwise, they may find Fluffy snoozing on their suitcase, or Fido gnawing on their shoes!


Trees

That pretty holiday tree may also be dangerous to your fuzzy buddy. The needles are quite sharp, and can cause dangerous intestinal blockages or perforations if swallowed. If you get a real tree, the water could contain traces of chemicals, such as pesticides or fertilizers. Cover the water bowl, so your pet can’t drink from it. 


Happy Holidays! Please contact us, your local Virginia Beach, VA animal clinic, anytime!

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