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Bark n Wag 15 Minute Vet Talk

Dec 24, 2016

Welcome to Bark & Wag 15 Minute Vet Talk – I am your host Polly ReQua

Today we are talking to one of our favorite Vets, Dr. Laura Brown, owner of Green Tree Animal Hospital in Libertyville, IL on how to keep your pets safe during the Holiday season.

Holiday Safety Tips for Your Pets

The holidays can be an exciting time of year for you and your pet, but they also pose hidden hazards for your furry friends. And nothing can spoil good cheer like an emergency trip to the veterinarian. This holiday season, learn to recognize common pet hazards so you can take extra precautions to keep your pets safe, healthy and happy.

Dangerous Décor and Holiday Treats

From chocolate and yeast dough to ornaments and plants, seasonal and everyday items can go from joyful to dreadful in a matter of seconds. Follow these pet-proofing steps to avoid common holiday health risks:   

  • Hang holiday lights and ornaments out of reach. Pets can get shocked if they bite through the wires — and ornaments can be a choking hazard.
  • Secure your tree to keep it from falling over. Check the label if you use an additive in tree water to ensure it doesn't contain poisonous ingredients.
  • Holly, mistletoe and poinsettias are popular seasonal plants, but they're poisonous if ingested. Keep these out of reach.
  • Move burning candles out of the way to avoid being knocked over by a wagging tail or curious feline.  
  • Keep table food, chocolate and other rich holiday sweets out of pets' reach.

Watch Out for Pet Stress

The holidays are a wonderful time to enjoy family and friends. But the extra hustle and bustle  — along with disrupted routines  — can cause anxiety in even the most social of pets. Whether you're hosting at home or attending celebrations with your pets, give them a safe space, such as their own room or a crate that's away from the commotion. And pay attention to exits. Even if your pet is comfortable around guests, a nervous pet may try to make a run for it.    

Safe Travels    

Whether you're taking your pets with you or leaving them behind, these steps can safeguard them when you're traveling. 

  • Bring your veterinarian's contact information.
  • Make sure that your pet wears proper identification on a collar or is microchipped.
  • Keep pets properly restrained using a secure harness or carrier, and never leave them alone in a car.
  • Pack for your pets as you would for yourself. Include food, medications, medical records and first aid supplies.
  • If you're boarding your pet while you travel, be sure vaccinations are up-to-date to protect them from canine flu and other contagious diseases.

Finally, don't forget to include your furry family members on your holiday shopping list. A new toy, a favorite treat, extra playtime and plenty of affection can let your pets know how much you love them.