It’s that time of year again and in all the hustle and bustle, it can be easy to overlook the many dangers that can plague your furry friends. Holidays provide unique opportunities for your companions to unwittingly endanger themselves and ruin their (and your) holiday cheer. Here are Ellie the Wienerdog’s Holiday Safety Tips – one of a three-part series leading all the way up to the big day.
Oh Christmas Tree, My Christmas Tree: We all love decorating the tree and seeing it light up and shine. That fascination isn’t solely a human trait, as any furry pet owner will tell you. Animals may mess with the tree at any point and you won’t always be around to watch them. Anchor your tree steadily so that you can be assured that even if your furry friends do touch the tree that it will not fall on top of them. This will also keep tree water from spilling out, which can contain fertilizers that can cause indigestion if drank. Ornaments can also be a danger, especially if they are easily broken. Glass ornaments may be considered nicer but if your pet eats a broken shard, that vet trip is sure to ruin the holidays. Lastly, tinsel is eye catching for sure, but your pets can easily suffer a blocked digestive system if they eat it.
A Holly, Jolly, Christmas: Mistletoe and Holly are traditionally holiday plants, but these plants can also be poisonous for your pets. Eating Holly can cause stomach distress in the tune of diarrhea, vomiting and nausea. Mistletoe can cause the same plus cardiovascular issues. Lilies – another popular holiday plant, can cause kidney distress in cats. Best way to warn against all this is to buy fake plants or a different pet-safe kind of plant.
Oh Holy Night: Candles are very much a part of holiday traditions but the risk of being tipped over by a fuzzy friend is high. If you can, “faux” candles are available that work just as well. If the real thing must be used, be on high alert with them, making sure to never leave them unattended with pets around and affix them to a stable surface or in a secure candle holder.
We hope that you have uneventful holidays and that all household members are safe and warm, human and dog alike. Be sure to check back for the next two articles in our three-part series on Holiday Safety Tips. Ellie the Wienerdog wishes everyone Happy Holidays!