CHARLOTTE – The magic of another holiday season is upon us! As you prepare to celebrate with family and friends, consider these helpful tips to keep your furry family members safe and healthy during this joyous time.
Be cautious about holiday foods and treats, as there are many things that can be harmful to fur babies. No matter how much they beg, a pet should never eat chocolate of any kind, and we also advise against giving your pet any turkey, ham, or foods that contain garlic or onions. Feeding your pet rich or fatty foods like ham can cause pancreatitis or anemia, and poultry bones should also stay off their menu.*
Be thoughtful about holidays plants and decorations in your home. Plants like holly, mistletoe, lilies, and poinsettias are all toxic to pets. It’s also not safe for a pet to drink Christmas tree water or nibble on the tree itself. Decorations can be dangerous to your pets, so try to keep things like tinsel, ribbon, ornaments, and even cords out of reach.
If hosting anyone in your home during the holidays, know that this can be a disruption to your pet’s normal routine or space. Consider creating a safe area for your pet that is secure with their bedding, water, and favorite toys. Remind guests to keep all outside doors closed to prevent any escapes, and to keep their belongings, such as medicine, locked and packed away. We hope you have a wonderful holiday season!
*If for any reason your pet does eat something toxic and you are not in a position to bring him or her to your veterinarian or emergency hospital please call the Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661.