Pet Safety Tips for the Holidays
Since pets are part of the family, they are likely going to be included in the holiday festivities. Through all the chaos and excitement, it is important to prevent your furry friend from ingesting decorations and toxic items so as to limit Dog Owner Liability. Here are some recommendations to keep your dog safe this holiday season.
Mind your Decorations
Christmas Tree- Secure your Christmas tree so it does not easily sway or fall. Especially with curious creatures nearby, an anchored tree will prevent it from falling or spilling its harmful fertilizers that tree water contains.
Mistletoe & Holly- If ingested, these can cause your dogs to suffer nausea and vomiting. What’s more, the ASPCA states that mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems, as well. When decorating your home, ensure the flowers and plants are pet safe.
Candles- Never leave candles unattended as curious pets may knock them over and start a fire or burn themselves. Candles should be placed on an even surface and out of reach of pets.
Dangerous Holiday Treats
Skip the Sweets- It is common knowledge that chocolate can be deadly for dogs. In addition, anything sweetened with xylitol should be avoided.
Leftovers- Spicy and rich human foods should not be given to your pets, especially items with bones. Be sure the trash can is not overflowing as pets can easily snag hanging items.
Special Treats- Chances are you’ll want to dote on your dog for the holidays. To spoil them safely, give your dog pet friendly treats and chews that can be digested safely.
Give Pets their Space
A Space of Their Own- Not all pets are fond of the chaos that goes on during the holidays. Set up a cozy area complete with a bed, blankets, and water for your pet to retreat to if they are feeling overwhelmed.
Avoid Excessive Noise- As pets are sensitive to noise, try to steer clear of poppers, fireworks, etc. as the new year approaches. Not only can they startle dogs, they are potentially deadly if ingested.
We want to ensure you and your pets have a safe and merry holiday season. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches or causing them to fall. Injuries to other animals are also included. Please contact us today for more information at (855) 534-6495.