Protect Your Pet During The Holiday

It’s always a blast spending time with family and friends and traveling during the holidays, however when you have pets it’s important to remember these safety tips for your pets during the holiday:

At Home:

  • Pets will get into anything everything! Be sure you keep stockings and gifts where pets cant’ reach them (cats especially will try to eat the ribbon and bows.
  • Be sure to watch your pets around your Christmas tree – many pets will knock off the ornaments, which may break, causing lacerations to your pet. Some pets will even eat the hook and ornaments (Yes I said eat).
  • There are many plants as well that can illness in pets. Before you bring home any beautiful holiday plants, check online or with your vet that they aren’t harmful to your pet.
  • Keep all candy, chocolate and food out of reach from your pet. Many of these things are very hazardous to your pet.
  • If you have guest coming over, be sure they know you have pets and explain how to act accordingly:
  • Many people may feed their pets “people food”, but you do not, it’s important that your guest know not to feed your pets any food. Some dogs can develop pancreatitis if giving food different from their normal.
  • Check that your guests coming over are ok with your pets. Pets can “sense” when people do not like them or are scared of them, this makes them think something is wrong and will keep them on edge. If your guests are not pet friendly, it might be best to keep your pet in a quiet, safe environment while they are, or just make sure they know you have pets so they know ahead of time and are not surprised when they arrive.
  • It’s very important to keep your pets secured. With guests coming in and out of your home, it’s always good to remember to keep your pet secured with a leash or “blocked” off from the any area where they may run out of the door. Be sure your guests know as well to always shut the doors when they come and go to make sure your pet doesn’t accidently get out.
  • If your guests have children, it never hurts to just remind them not to get in any pets face or pick them up. Your pets may be the best well behaved pet there is, but when there is a lot going on, it can cause stress to your pet and they may lash out.

Traveling With Your Pet:

  • Ensure that your pet is properly restrained in your vehicle. Many people allow their pets to run around the car unrestrained, this can be harmful to your pet. When your pet is not restrained in a “pet seat” hooked into the car or car carrier, if you slam on the brakes, your pet will go in the floor or hit itself on the dash or window. And if you are in an accident, your pet is unprotected.
  • Remember to bring travel bowls for water and food.
  • If you pet is on any medication, be sure you always bring that with you. (And bring more than the amount of time you’ll be gone, you never know what may happen and you don’t want your pet to be without his medication)
  • Be sure your pet is wearing a collar and tag with your contact information on it (a cell phone number is best) If you pet somehow gets away from you one the trip, its important you are able to be contacted when they are found.
  • If you have to travel with your pet and you know they are very anxious or get car sick, you can go to your local vet to get special medication to help make you and your pets trip easier.