Preparing Your Pet for Holiday Guests & More
The holiday season may be a little different this year, but chances are you’ll be having more people in your home than you’ve had in a while. Even the most extroverted pet can become anxious or frightened with the sudden arrival of new people, especially if they’re wearing masks. Here are a few tips to keep your pet safe and happy this holiday:
- Try putting on a mask at home from time to time to get your pet used to humans who may be wearing them in your home this year. Give treats whenever you are wearing the mask to create a positive association.
- Put your pet in another room with toys, treats, water, and a bed when having a party or gathering. This way your dog (and especially your cat) will be less stressed.
- Chocolate, raisins, grapes, onions, currants, macadamia nuts, and walnuts are all on the naughty list for pets. Also, beware xylitol—an artificial sweetener found in chewing gum, candy, and peanut butter—which can cause illness and even death.
- Careful with the table scraps! Many of the foods we eat are too fatty, spicy, or rich for animals and can make them sick. No turkey bones for pets, either—they can break into sharp pieces that will be a serious health hazard for pets.
- Keep pets away from holly, mistletoe, poinsettias, and lilies which can be toxic for animals if they ingest them.
Have questions or need help prepping your pet for the holidays? Just give us a call at (541) 593-8128!