Holiday Safety For Pets
With all the hussle and bussle of the holidays be sure not to forget your furry friends. There will be lots of celebrations and rich foods being consumed during most any holiday period.
Be careful which of the people foods your pets are allowed to eat.
The following foods should be OFF your pet's consumption list:
- Fatty Foods
- Macadamia Nuts
- Raw Bread Dough
Pets have food allergies just as humans do, so you may find that someone feeds their dog chocolate and it does not make them sick, while another dog becomes deathly ill after eating chocolate. So, unless you know for sure that your dog is not allergic to chocolate, it is best to avoid letting them eat any.
During cold months antifreeze is widely used in cars and other things to prevent freezing. However, it has a sweet taste that attracts pets so be sure to clean up any spills throughly.
Should your pet consume any antifreeze take them immediately to the vet. Don't wait to see if they are going to get sick, it might then be too late to save them.
Even though holiday plants, such as poinsettias, holly berries, mistletoe and pine needles, add beauty to the season they can cause death if eaten by your pet.
ASPCA has a Poison Control Center that can be of help if you think your pet has gotten into poison. The number is 1-888-4-ANI-HELP.
You must not leave pets outdoors without proper shelter if the temperature drops below freezing. If you can keep them indoors until the weather improves.
Don't forget that their water will freeze and is not likely to thaw for many hours.
If you have a small or short haired dog, outfit them with a doggy sweater when you take them out for a walk.
Pets For Presents
People often choose Christmas or a Birthday as a time to give a child a pet. Be sure that your child is ready for the responsibilty before you make this move.
Help prepare them by getting some books or videos from your local library about caring for a new pet.