As 2015 comes to a close, and you’re busy planning your holiday parties, don’t forget about your pet’s safety around the house. Although this should be a joyous time of year, it can be dangerous for pets if you’re not aware of the potential dangers. The team at Spruce Avenue Pet Hospital in South San Francisco has prepared the following holiday pet safety tips to keep your companions safe. From our family (including our pets!) to yours, have a wonderful holiday season.
They’re beautiful and festive, but there are certain holiday decorations that can be dangerous for pets. Tinsel and ribbons are among the most dangerous ones for pets—especially curious cats—since they can result in intestinal blockage if ingested. Another decoration that can be dangerous to pets are those holiday lights, which can result in a tangle or shock hazard. Keep these decorations high on your tree to eliminate the temptation for a curious pet, or opt for pet-friendly alternatives instead.
Will you be hosting a party at your home this month? As part of the family, your pet will probably want to join in the fun, but before you let them, there are a few things you should consider. If your pet experiences anxiety around strangers or large groups of people, it’s best to leave them in a separate area, away from the festivities. If you have a more social pet, and you decide to let them join your guests for the party, make sure your guests are well aware of your “pet house rules.” This includes whether or not you let your pets on the furniture and if you let them eat table scraps. And always keep an eye on your pet near your guests to determine if it’s safe to keep them out or if you should separate them from the group.
Toxic and Non-Toxic Table Food
Most pet owners love rewarding their four-legged friends with a treat every now and then for good behavior or just to show their love. Sometimes these “treats” are in the form of table scraps, and although certain foods are healthy for pets, there are others that are toxic, so it’s important to know the difference. Some of the safe table foods include cooked chicken and turkey (white meat, skinless, boneless), green beans, and apples (cut in small pieces). On the toxic list are chocolate, grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts, and foods with the sugar substitute xylitol. Ingesting these foods can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, or worse.
If you have any questions about these holiday pet safety tips, or if you’d like to schedule an appointment at Spruce Avenue Pet Hospital, give us a call at 650-873-6880. We look forward to see you and your companion soon!