5 holiday dangers for your pet
Of course, it is very nice to spend the holidays with your pets. But during this time of year, your dog or cat runs extra risks of becoming ill or unwell. So pay extra attention to these 5 dangers during the holidays - read here how you can prevent them so that you can enjoy the holidays in a safe and merry way.
1. Dangerous foods
There are certain nutrients that are extra dangerous for dogs and cats. Be careful with chocolate, raisins, macadamia nuts: these are toxic condiments. But alcohol is also very dangerous, too much intake can even lead to coma! So keep those tasty cocktails with an attractive little olive or a sprig of green, away from your pooch.
In any case: most leftovers from our human meals aren't healthy for your pet. Our prepared meat is often too fat and too salty for our pets. In addition, the bones of cooked meat can splinter in the stomach of your pet. Don't give your dog or cat a treat from your plate, but give them a nice dog bone of dried meat, chew treat or deer's antler instead. And don't forget to put the garbage away quickly: cats and dogs can search the garbage bags in an unguarded moment.
Sugar is not good for your pet, but you also have to look out with sugar substitutes. Xylitol is a sweetener that is often found in sugar-free chewing gum and mints. Often these types of sweets are included in coats and bags from your family or friends that visit you. Often, other toxic items such as make-up and medicines are also found in handbags. Make sure your pet can't sneak into the place where your put your guests' coats and bags.
Tip: ask your guests to mind your pets and not give them any treats. Read more about preventing begging.
2. Flowers and plants
Christmas star, mistletoe and holly are poisonous for your pet, so keep them out of reach or rather do not get them at home. But many vase flowers are also dangerous. Especially during the Easter days many people have lilies in their home, but they can be very dangerous. Lily poisoning is a known problem and cats who have been in contact with lilies regularly die. Do not buy lilies and go visit someone, ask the vase flowers out of reach.
The Christmas tree itself poses no danger to your pet, but the fallen needles do. So wipe up every day. Is your Christmas tree in a container with water? Often (toxic) food is added to that water. So close the water well for your pet. Many dogs and cats love to drink water in crazy places.
3. Christmas lights & decoration
During the dark days extra cords with Christmas lights often swing around. These pose a danger to dogs, rabbits and rodents that can chew on them. Put the cables away and turn off all Christmas lights as soon as you leave the room.
Furthermore, Christmas decorations such as garlands, glitter, baubles and other small items can look attractive for your pet. Cats may want to play with your Christmas decorations, baubles and other glass items can break and spin. Garlands and other decorations can cause blockages in the intestands.
Many decorations are made of fine glass or plastic that can fall into tiny particles. Spray snow is also a synthetic substance that may look nice but is dangerous for your pet. Therefore, consider buying or DIYing ecological or natural Christmas decorations - safer for your pet and better for the environment!
Fireworks around new year's eve, but also Christmas crackers, candles and other fireworks can be a great danger to your pet. Make sure that your animal is at a safe distance from fire, fireworks or loud noise at all times. How to deal with anxious pets and fireworks, read here.
During the holidays our pets are often extra exposed to stress: we often have less time for them, we have guests coming over, we bring our dog to dinner parties, our pet daily routine is disturbed and so on. Therefore, pay sufficient attention to your pet during these busy holidays. Go for a walk during the day with your dog to release its energy, make sure your cat receives enough play and cuddle time and always provide a quiet place where your pet can retreat.
Tip: Do you have a busy schedule around the holidays, do you get lots of people coming over and is there less time left for your pet? Then book a pet sitter that gives your dog or cat some extra attention while you're away. And at new year's eve, you can bring your pet to a loving pet sitter in a quiet neighborhood without fireworks. Look for a pet sitter in time to be sure of a reservation during popular holidays.