Safety Tips For Pets During The Holidays

The holidays are upon us! Holiday leftovers fill up the fridge and turkey carcasses end up in the trash. Chocolate candy and baked goods are bountiful.  Mistletoe, poinsettias, and holly decorate the house. It’s that special time of year when we celebrate with family and friends feasting on traditional holiday meals.  For many of us, it is the busiest time of the year. While we are out shopping, dining, hustling, and bustling, our pets are at home all alone. This is the perfect scenario where Fido and Fluffy can end up at the emergency room.  Every holiday season, Yorkshire Veterinary Hospital sees our share of emergencies. Our veterinarians want to offer some helpful tips to keep your pets safe during this holiday season.  

Keep emergency phone numbers in an easy-to-find location or program them into your cellular phone. These should include phone numbers and hours for your veterinary hospital and the nearest pet emergency facility. Also, include the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline phone number, 1-888-426-4435, should your pet ingest something harmful. Map out the most efficient routes to your veterinary hospital/emergency facility. It is always best to have these prepared in advance. This will help owners to react quickly under pressure and ease stress during an emergency. 

People food is one of the biggest culprits in emergency trips to the vet. We encourage owners to keep food away from their pets. Foods to especially avoid are: chocolate, sweets and baked goods, onions, raisins, grapes, turkey, turkey skin, turkey bones, gravy, fatty meats, and any table scraps. Always take out the trash to avoid pillaging.  

It is also a good idea to be mindful of risky, decorative, household temptations such as tinsel, ornaments, water additives for your Christmas tree, potpourris, candles, and electric lights. Plants and flowers such as Amaryllis, Mistletoe, Poinsettias, Pine, Cedar, and Holly can all be toxic and dangerous for your pets.  Do not leave your pets unattended in the house where they might get into any of these hazardous items.

Holiday parties are fun for the family, but can be stressful for pets. Pets can become overwhelmed and traumatized when too many people/children are in their space. Social gatherings are also prime opportunities for pets to accidentally escape and get lost. It is important to provide a place for your pet to find sanctuary and safety during the festivities. Always inform guests that you have pets and to be conscientious about not letting them out. 

Yorkshire Veterinary Hospital wants to wish all of our clients and patients a safe and wonderful holiday season. If you have any questions or concerns about holiday pet safety, please feel free to call us at 719-598-3192.