Holiday Hazards for Furries

Holiday hazards for dogs and catsChristmas is just around the corner. Most families have already set up their beautiful Christmas trees and decorations a couple weeks ago. It is always fun to decorate the tree and the entire home. However, those decorations can be dangerous, sometimes deadly to your lovable furries.

Christmas Trees

  • Sparkly tinsel, Ribbons and Wrapped gift packages - It can cause an intestinal blockage if your dogs or cats eat them.
  • Ornaments - Can shatter and cut apet's paws and they are also a choking hazard.
  • Lights - Pets can suffer electrical shock if they chew on the wires.
  • Pine needles - Pine needles from live trees are not only toxic, but sharp. They can puncture an animal's intestines if eaten.

For more tips to keep your pets safe during the holidays, check out PetMD.com

Christmas Treats

There are some festive foods which you mustn’t feed your pets.

  • Onions
  • Raisins and Sultanas
  • Cream
  • Scraps of food
  • Candy
  • Xylitol
  • Alcohol - It could leave your pet feeling downright unwell, even facing a fight for their life.
  • Fatty foods - too many fatty foods can also be dangerous to your dogs and cats.
  • Cocked Turkey Bones - A slice of turkey breast is fine, but turkey bones – indeed any cooked bones – could splinter and cause internal damage.
  • Mistletoe, holly, poinsettias and chocolate - all of these are poisonous to both dogs and cats

It’s not a good idea to change your dog or cat’s diet suddenly and extensively. For more tips for how to keep pets saft at Christmas, check out HERE.
 
Summer Holiday Hazards for Dogs and Cats

Summer is finally here! For dog and cats, summer can become a stressful time of year due to the heat.

Here are some tips:
1. Make sure your dogs or cats stay cool and out of the sun on steamy summer days.
2. Make sure that your pets always have access to clean, fresh, cool water during the summer!
3. Keep your dog or cat inside as much as possible on really hot and sunny days.
4. Wipe your pets’ paws and underbelly before you bring them back inside to avoid products with chemicals on the lawn and garden outside.
5. Keeping your pet well-groomed.
6. Don't over exercise your dog on the sunny hot day. Try to exercise them early in the morning or after the sun goes down.
7. Do not leave your pet alone in the summer. It can casuse extreme stress on your pet in the heat.
8.  Keep your pets indoors during fireworks.

Have a great summer!