Dog Bite Liability: Holiday Pet Safety Tips
For many people, the holidays are the most fun time of the year. If you are a dog owner, naturally you will likely want your pet to join in the festivities. It’s important to consider their safety though, and ensure that you have eliminated any dangers from your home. Here are some pet safety tips to keep in mind this season.
- If you have a Christmas tree in your home, be sure to securely anchor it in a corner so that it cannot tip over and fall, causing possible injury to your dog.
- Many pets, especially cats, are attracted to bright and shiny objects. With this in mind, it’s best to keep breakable ornaments and tinsel out of their reach.
- There are many food risks for pets around the holidays. Be sure to keep turkey and ham bones away from your pooch, as they can splinter and cause internal damage. Also, it’s important to be aware of common holiday plants that can be toxic to animals, such as holly, mistletoe, poinsettias, lilies, and daffodils.
- Choose safe toys! It may be fun to stuff your dog’s stocking with lots of chew toys, but be sure that they are appropriate for their breed and size. If your dog normally destroys toys, then those with squeakers inside are probably not a good choice, since they can ingest it and cause intestinal blockage.
- If your dog gets easily spooked by loud noises or overstimulated when there are a lot of people, it’s best to keep them confined in a room where they cannot get into anything harmful. Be sure to leave them with plenty of water and their favorite toys.
These are just a few ways to keep your pets safe this holiday season. For more information about holiday issues that could affect your pets, please visit the American Humane Association website. It’s important to keep in mind that while the holidays are a fun and joyous time for you, it may be a bit stressful for your pet to have increased activity in their home with guests coming in and out. With this in mind, it’s important that you be protected by a Dog Bite Liability Insurance policy, since even the friendliest and most well behaved animal can react aggressively to stress.
At the Federation of Insured Dog Owners, we offer the Covered Canine Policy, an exclusive product and benefit for F.I.D.O members only, This policy is available in all states except for South Carolina, Hawaii, and Alaska. Please contact us for more information at (855) 534-6495.