For many of us, this is the best time of year—the first winter months bring festive holidays and cold weather fun. They also bring hazards for your pet, so here are a few tips to make sure your furry friend stays safe and healthy during all the fun and activity.
- Watch the turkey & trimmings! Turkey skin, gravy and drippings are all high in fat and can cause pancreatitis in pets. Bones are a choking hazard, as is the tasty twine you used to secure your bird. If your stuffing contains raisins, onion, garlic, nutmeg, nuts, butter, or mushrooms, it’s a no-no for fido – and felines, too.
- Decorating a Christmas tree? If you have a cat skip the tinsel. Cats are particularly attracted to shiny objects, so they’ll likely try and play with it and eat it. Better yet, you can deter your pets from the tree altogether by hanging lemon-scented air fresheners in it.
- You’re probably already aware that chocolate—especially dark and baking chocolate—can be toxic to pets, but it should be paws off for other sweets too. Also, beware xylitol (an artificial sweetener found in chewing gum, candy and peanut butter) which can cause illness and even death.
- Be careful of de-icers and always rinse/wipe your pet’s feet after they’ve been outdoors! De-icing products tend to be full of chemicals that are dangerous to our pets. Even those de-icers labeled “pet safe” can cause irritation and are not as efficient at melting ice.
- Don’t leave pets in cars! Just as vehicles can quickly become ovens in summer, they can also become refrigerators in very cold weather, and pets could freeze to death inside.
Have questions or need more help preparing your pet for winter and the holidays? Give us a call at (919) 781-0696.