Pets and Holiday Safety

Pets and Holiday Safety

With everything that goes into making the holidays special it's easy to get overwhelmed and let things slip through the cracks. When it comes to our pets though, it's important to keep their safety in mind. All it takes is a little bit of planning and preparation to keep your pets safe during the holidays, and here are a few tips to help get you started.

Ultimately the main thing to do is to think twice about how and where you use your holiday decorations. While you and the kids may admire them as the most beautiful things on earth, your pets may have a different idea. Sure, they may think they're wonderful, but instead of standing back to admire everything, they'll probably want to get up close and personal. This means your pets will investigate everything with their nose, mouth, and paws which can result in injuries and/or illness. So, as you deck the halls, look at your decorations carefully and consider how your pet may react to them. If you think something may be a potential danger, think twice about using it, or whether it might even be best to pack it up in a box and put it back in the attic.

Sometimes even the best preparations don't prevent accidents from happening, and this goes for any time of the year, not just during the holidays. So, to save time if there is an accident, keep your veterinarian's phone number handy and know where the nearest emergency animal clinic is located. You'll also want to keep the number of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, 888-426-4435. Write all the info down and tape it to the inside of a kitchen cabinet, so it's easy to find.

With a little bit of planning you and your pets should be able to breeze through the holidays safely and have a wonderful time.

Happy Holidays to you and your pets!