Holiday Safety Tips for Pets

Holiday Safety Tips for Pets – The holidays can be particularly dangerous for our pets.  As we get closer and closer to Christmas, we tend to ignore the safety of our animals. 

Pet owners don’t do this on purpose.  In fact, many of us buy Christmas gifts for our pets.  But our thoughts are on many other issues during this time.

There are foods that our pets should not have.  We all know about chocolate and sugar products.  But our pets are accustomed to a regular diet of food.  For example, a healthy dog food is formulated to the nutrition needs of our dogs.  Eating foods that are not a normal part of their diet can be extremely harmful. 

One thing I learned from a recent article is to not add fat drippings to our pet’s food.  We may think that we are doing a good thing, that we are giving our pet a reward.  Instead, these drippings can actually make our pets sick.

The article I read is “Humane Society offers tips to keep your pets healthy over the holidays.”  The Humane Society provides these holiday safety tips for pets.  The article is submitted by Amber Ruch.

Here is a quote from the article:

The Humane Society of Missouri is offering some tips to keep your pets happy and health this holiday season.  Here is a quote:

The Humane Society says many pet owners don’t know the hidden dangers in holiday treats and trimmings.

According to the humane society, human foods, fed even in small amounts, can cause stomach upset in pets, or in certain instances, result in severe problems. Some popular holiday treats that can cause harm to your pet include:

  • Chocolate – Baked goods and candies containing chocolate are potentially lethal if ingested by pets. Baking ingredients like baking cocoa and semi-sweet chocolate can be more dangerous to pets than the finished product they go into.
  • Foods your pet isn’t used to – Avoid feeding your pet anything they aren’t used to eating. Just because your pet regularly enjoys certain items from one food group does not mean they can safely eat everything else from that same group. For instance, even if your pets are accustomed to eating chicken, turkey can still make them sick.
  • Poultry and ham bones – Chicken and turkey bones are hollow and shatter easily, causing little shards to possibly get caught in your pet’s throat, cause an obstruction, or even perforate through the lining of the stomach or intestine. Ham bones usually have a lot of salt on them which could cause stomach upset in your dog or cat.
  • Fat drippings – Too much of a good thing can become an upset stomach for your pet. Fat drippings from your turkey pan are too much for your pet to handle. Do not pour this over their usual pet food as an added treat.
  • Pumpkin – Pumpkin is a natural stool softener for dogs and cats and can cause diarrhea.

The complete article can be read here.  I recommend that you read the entire article.  It is so easy to unintentionally forget about the health and safety of our pets during this season.

The article points out several other safety tips to keep in mind.  One tip is to remind guests to keep gates and doors closed as they enter or leave.  The article states that many pets are lost during the holidays because a gate or door is left open.  Many of these pets are never found.

There are many safety tips for dogs in the winter, not just the holidays.  Our little guys are depending on us to keep them safe and healthy.

Do you have some additional holiday safety tips for pets that you can offer?   All I ask is that you pay close attention to our pets’ health and safety during the holidays.  I know you will.  Thanks for your help.

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