As Thanksgiving and Christmas near, we pet parents should be aware of these 7 holiday traditions that can be hazardous to dogs (and cats).
Holidays are such joyful times, and our pets add so much to the fun. But in all the excitement and busyness of the season, we pet owners often forget to look out for holiday traditions that could pose a hazard to our dogs or cats.
I asked Dr Andy Sokol to share some common holiday traditions that can pose not so obvious pet dangers. He gave the following extremely helpful advice.
These 7 Holiday Traditions Can Be Hazardous to Dogs (and Cats)
- Hot Oil. Many folks fry turkeys for Thanksgiving or fry other foods throughout the holiday season. Curious pets could get severe burns if not kept away from hot oil.
- Food. Dogs are especially prone to digging in trash cans or counter surfing for food. Not only can this ruin a party (if the turkey gets eaten), but the dog can get sick. Dogs (like mine) who’ve proven they will surf should be watched closely or kept in a locked room.
- Christmas trees. The beloved Christmas tree is a temptation for cats who will most likely want to climb it. The water in the tree stand is almost always filled with sap that can make dogs and cats sick if they drink it.
- Christmas gifts. If a food gift is under the tree, it could be a problem for pets if they tear into and eat it when we aren’t around. Dr. Sokol shares a story in the video below about his experience with this one Christmas.
- Holiday wrap and ribbon. In the sea of Christmas presents, torn paper and tiny pieces of ribbon can be a choking or sickness hazard to pets who decide to eat them.
- Holiday plants. Many of us decorate with Christmas mums, poinsettias, and mistletoe~all of which can pose toxic to pets.
- Candles. Holiday entertaining can be distracting to those of us hosting and exciting or agitating to pets, who might knock over burning candles and harm themselves (or start a fire).
You can watch my interview with Dr Sokol in the short video below. In it, he shares his own holiday hazard story. If YOU’ve experienced a holiday hazard with a pet, please share with the rest of us in the comments of the post.
Now that we’ve looked at ways to keep our pets SAFE this holiday. let’s have a little fun shopping for our pets for Christmas. Here are a few things I’ve ordered for Cam this year, along with some other items that I think are great. Thanks so much for stopping by. As always, be blessed, and stay (holiday pet safety) savvy!!!