5 Ways to Protect Your Pets Over the Holidays
Happy Holidays from Prana Pets! With all the holiday excitement there are dangers for our beloved pets that we tend to overlook. Here are 5 Ways to Protect Your Pets Over the Holidays.
#1 Running away from home. No, dogs and cats are not rebellious teenagers, but they are explorers and with doors opening and closing so frequently they can easily escape unnoticed. During parties keep them confined to a quiet room, make sure they are microchipped. Never leave a collar on a dog or cat at home as they could get tangled up and accidentally strangulate themselves. Another option is a breakaway collar or harnesses which you can attach a small GPS too.
#2 Intoxicated, Sloshed, Bombed, Drunk as a Skunk do not go hand in hand with pets. Pets that consume alcohol are at a lower body weight then us and will be wobbly and could injure themselves and Alcohol poisoning can lead to a coma or death. Alcohol can also be found in surprising places like Rum-soaked fruitcake or unbaked dough with yeast.
#4 First things first. Tell your guests to not feed the pets if they are loose. If 9 guests each give a bit of fatty meat your pet can get very ill. Again, if your pets are not confined do not leave snacks on tables that pets can reach. Dangerous foods include chocolate (contains theobromine), Onions which are delicious but poisonous and fatty or spicy foods could send your pets to the emergency clinic with a hefty bill.
#5 Plants and trees. Holly, when ingested, can cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. And many varieties of lilies can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested. Stagnant water from live trees may contain fertilizer and is a breeding ground for bacteria which could make your pets very ill. Artificial trees and plants are much safer