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6 Holiday Pet Safety Tips

6 Holiday Pet Safety Tips

The holiday season is a great holiday for families to get together and celebrate with food, food and more food! But unfortunately, our pet’s don’t get that same experience without encountering some safety concerns.

That’s why we compiled some of our favorite tips for creating a safe and fun environment for our pets this holiday season!

 

1. Avoid giving your pets table scraps

2. Be cautious with your alcoholic beverages

3. Tag or have a leash on your pet

4. Watch out for behavior from guests

5. Make boarding arrangements ahead of time

 

 

1. Skip the table scraps

While it’s hard to resist those puppy eyes staring at you from under the table, it’s best to keep your dog on an all-dog-food diet. Changing your dog’s diet drastically by giving them something at your holiday functions can cause digestive problems, vomiting, diarrhea, and worse. So avoiding table scraps will be your best chance on giving your dog as well as the rest of your guests a pleasant experience this holiday season.

 

2. Be cautious with your alcoholic beverages

Make sure you, as well as the rest of the guests, remember to keep their alcoholic beverages out of reach from any dogs that are around. A dog consuming alcohol can cause digestive troubles, as well as losing coordination and drops in blood pressure and body temperature. 
 
 
 

3. Tag or have a leash on your pet

The holidays  goes by in the blink of an eye, so it’s easy to forget small things and one of those things may be your pet’s whereabouts. Make sure your pet is wearing idenfication at all times in case it tries to run off. Another idea is having a leash on your pet when friends and family are over, crating is a good option as well. This can keep your guests more at ease as well as keeping your pet calm throughout the festivities.

 

4. Watch out for behavior from guests

Some guests adapt to pets in gatherings better than others, so it’s always helpful to let the group know prior to bringing your pet to an event. Especially if their are younger children around, make sure the group feels comfortable and that the temperament of the pet (especially if it’s a dog) will be appropriate with a younger child. 

 

5. Make boarding arrangements ahead of time

If you’d feel more comfortable not bringing your pet to a big social gathering, make sure you make those plans ahead of time as boarders and pet-sitters are often fully-booked during the holidays.

 

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