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