Christmas is a festive and joyous season for all, including the family pets. When preparing to get all decked out for the holiday season, you need to consider taking some safety measures when it comes to including your dogs in the holiday celebrations. For specifics on holiday safety, consider contacting your local Rockford-area veterinarian as listed below or one closest to your home for advice.
The Christmas holiday season is not only joyful, it can be stressful for all and a possible hazard to pets. With all the decor and unfamiliar lights, sounds and frill, your dog can be freaked out or just become extremely inquisitive, which can be hazardous in itself. You may noted your pet cowering, hiding, playing unruly or possibly becoming aggressive out of fear. When preparing the home in style with lights, decor and foods, remember the safety of your pet throughout the process.
The first concern is food gifts and extra fixings that are popular during this time of year. There are more chocolates placed out at this time of year than other times. Chocolates contain theobromine that can be lethal for dogs and must remain out of reach. If using foods to trim your home and tree, be cautious that they are placed way out of reach or avoid placing them until the actual holiday to avoid that “doggy temptation.”
When cooking, also keep such items as grapes, raisins, onions, garlic and many spices out of reach. Avoid feeding your pet table scraps as well including the infamous turkey skin that can be poisonous to dogs.
Before the actual holiday of family and friendly gatherings, ensure that your dog has a quiet, comfortable place to retreat in times of stress; a place with your pet’s favorite bed, blankets, toys and some water. Sometimes all the excitement is too much for some dogs and just need a place to hide and relax. Do not force your dog to mingle with family and friends when feeling so apprehensive, which can cause more distress for the pet.
Although it is customary to get all “dressed up” for the holidays and celebrations, your pet may not feel quite the same. Clothes often makes a pet feel uncomfortable. However, if you get your dog used to a favorite holiday outfit, ensure it fits well without binding around the legs and neck. Never cover up the ears, eyes or nose. Avoid outfits and clothes with small decorations or embellishments that can lead to chewing and choking.
Candles are a favorite holiday decoration but something you must monitor, if lit, especially when pets are in the home. Never leave a candle unattended and place out of reach.
Take extra precautions when opening and closing the door to new guests. You don’t want your pet to get out of the door accidentally when greeting someone at the door. The stress will cause your pet to dart out the door, becoming subjected to getting hit by a vehicle.
Preparing for the holidays takes a little bit of time and strategy to ensure it is safe and fun for all including the family pets. A little planning will help to make the best of holidays without any dangers or accidents. Happy Holidays to all!
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If you are seeking Veterinary assistance in the Rockford area, you can check out one of these at – Rockford Vet Clinics, Bellwood Vet, Rockford Veterinarians, Perryville Veterinarian , Cat Veterinarians Specialists
For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO – 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 – Petco or your local PETSMART – 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 – Petsmart -Petland, (815) 332-4200 – Petland