Keeping Christmas pet-friendly

By Arbutus West, on Friday, November 24th, 2017

Yes, there’s just a month to go until Christmas is here again, and many families are already putting their decorations up! If you’re getting ramped up for the holidays, we’ve got some tips to keep you and your pets away from your vets office this silly season. Stay inside by the warm fire instead!
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Does your kitty love to climb your tree? Make sure you’re turning the lights off every night, and that your cords are in new condition. A cat that chews through cords can get a nasty shock, and if your tree goes over due to some enthusiastic cat calisthenics during the night, hot lights can cause a fire. A weighted tree base can help protect your tree and your cat from taking a tumble.
Keep animals out of the room while decorating! Whether it be a kitten ingesting string, or a dog crushing a glass bauble into the carpet – these little things don’t seem like much to worry about until you have to keep a dog’s cut foot bandaged, dry and booted while trying to go for daily walks in the snow, or your kitten needs an endoscopy before a rogue string tangles her up internally.

Keep bones from dinner out of their reach, and make sure they can’t get into any tasty-smelling garbage cans to fish something out themselves. Splintering bones can cause awful internal damage, and bones swallowed whole can get stuck anywhere from the mouth right down into the intestines. Do you want Santa to leave you a surgical bill for Christmas this year? Didn’t think so.

Make sure your pet has his/her own stocking filled with toys and treats so they’re not tempted by all your own shiny new toys. Just remember – not too many treats all at once, otherwise it will be a very uncomfortable boxing day for both of you.
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Lean meats and roasted vegetables are a great treat for your pets, and things like potato, yams and turkey mixed in with their regular food are healthy and shouldn’t cause a GI upset (please check with your vet first if your pet suffers from food allergies though). Your four legged friends will be thrilled to get to join in on the special meal with you!
We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season, and if you’ve got any extra tips to share, leave them in the comments!

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