Pets are awesome! The vital relationships that we develop with them help us through life in a myriad of ways. Now that the holiday season is upon us, it is important that our pets get through the season healthy, happy, and – most importantly – safely.
Here are some ways to make sure your furry, feathered or scaly friend enjoy December:
Be careful what you feed Fido
It is easy for a human to gain 15 pounds over the festive period. The combination of rich foods and beverages over the course of a number of parties – or just sitting around the home with family and friends – quickly adds up. This is also true for pets, with the known food given – table scraps – and the non-known food sourced out – garbage raiding – adding up quickly. You wouldn’t want a tummy ache over Christmas, so makes sure your dog doesn’t get one either by carefully managing food intake.
We all know how much cats enjoy attacking anything that dangles or swings in the breeze. This makes the Christmas season an especially tricky one to deal with in some ways as your cat is going to go crazy over the amount of tinsel and extra power cords throughout the house. One easy way to make things a little safer is to be sure that your Christmas ornaments are shatterproof as opposed to being made out of glass. Think just how easy it would be for a cat to cut its paws or tongue on some of those family heirloom ornaments from the 1970s that come out every year. Look at it as a good incentive to update your Christmas décor too.
Try not to wreck the daily routine
As stressful as Christmas can be on humans, it can be equally as stressful on a pet. This is especially true if you are the type of person that always plays the host, with a parade of different – and perhaps new – people coming into the house on a daily basis. This stress issue can be easily solved by keeping your pet in a quiet part of the house when the hustle and bustle is at its maximum, letting the pet adjust to the noise before introductions are made. This is especially important if this is the first holiday season your pet is experiencing with various visitors.
Be careful with flames
According to the National Fire Protection Association, the top three days in the U.S. for house fires are Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. Candles – like all other forms of fire – are fine when monitored but leaving anything burning when going to bed or leaving the house is not a good idea on its own that is only made worse when pets are involved. Ensure your pet is kept at a safe distance from open flames to ensure your vital relationship gets to enjoy another New Year!