‘Tis the season for family get-togethers, festive decorations, and of course, pet safety. Here at Homey Gnome Veterinary Clinic, we understand that your pets are part of your holiday celebrations too. However, it’s important to keep a few things in mind when you have human family members mixing with your pet family members around during this time of year. We’ve put together a guide with tips on how to make sure your pets always have a safe and happy holiday season! 

Crowded Gatherings

If you’re hosting a holiday party or attending one with your pet, it’s important to be mindful of the number of people in attendance. Too many guests can create an overwhelming environment for animals, so it may be best to keep them in another area of the house where they can relax without feeling overstimulated. As an extra precaution, make sure your pet is wearing identification tags and is microchipped if necessary. This way if they do manage to escape through an open door or window (which can happen quickly during large gatherings) you can rest assured that they’ll have the best chances of returning home again safely. 

Fireworks and Loud Noises

Fireworks and other loud noises can startle pets easily—especially those who are sensitive to sounds—so it’s important to plan ahead! Make sure all windows and doors are securely closed before any fireworks begin. If possible, create a calm space near the center of the house where your pet can hide away if they become overwhelmed by noise outside. Additionally, remember that fireworks contain potentially dangerous chemicals that could be hazardous if ingested by animals so make sure they aren’t left out in reach of curious pets! 

Toxic Foods

It’s no secret that some human foods are toxic for pets—most notably chocolate and alcohol—but there are plenty more items on this list that you probably weren’t aware of! For example, did you know raw dough containing yeast could cause problems for cats? Or that macadamia nuts should never be given as treats? To ensure your pet doesn’t accidentally come across any unsafe foods during their holiday adventures make sure all food is stored securely away from their reach. Be on the lookout for unattended plates of food or half-empty beverage containers, as well.

Bows and Wrapping Paper

In the excitement of gift-giving,  it can be easy to forget that ribbons, bows, and wrapping paper present potential dangers to pets. For example, if ingested they could become lodged in the intestines or cause other gastrointestinal issues.  It’s best to immediately remove these items from the room or area your pet frequents so they won’t be tempted to try and eat them.

The holidays can be fun for everyone when proper precautions are taken into consideration; including our feathered, scaled or furry loved ones! At Homey Gnome Veterinary Clinic we want all our clients’ furry friends to have a safe and enjoyable time this holiday season. We hope this guide helps ensure just that! From all of us here at Homey Gnome Veterinary Clinic, have yourself a very merry (and safe) Christmas! 

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