The holidays are meant to be an enjoyable time to spend with the ones you love most, but we all know they can end up being pretty stressful. Between travel plans, cold weather, and wrangling guests and parties, some things can slip through the cracks. This holiday season, our team at Noah’s Ark wants to make sure your pet’s needs aren’t one of them. Here’s how you can make sure your pet stays safe all winter long.
Safety Tips for the Holiday Seasons
- Be aware of cold weather hazards. Remember, if you’re chilly, your pet is probably chilly. That coat of fur only does so much. Cold weather poses lots of problems for your pets, especially outdoor cats. Hypothermia, frostbite, and chapped, bleeding paws can harm their health. If you want to learn more about how to keep your pet safe from cold weather, check out these cold weather tips.
- Secure your Christmas tree. Dogs can bump into them and cats can climb right up the trunk. There are plenty of ways for a Christmas tree to tip and fall, which could potentially injure your pet. Make sure your Christmas tree is firmly anchored into the tree stand.
- Change the tree water daily. First, use only regular tap water to fill your tree stand, nothing with fertilizer that could upset your pet’s stomach if they drink it. Also make sure to change the water daily. Stagnant water is a breeding ground for bacteria.
- Say no to mistletoe (and holly and lilies). Both mistletoe and holly are extremely toxic when ingested by pets and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and cardiovascular problems. Lilies can cause kidney failure in cats. Instead, use artificial plants or choose pet-safe bouquets.
- Skip the stop at Tinsel Town. Cats love to play with sparkly tinsel, and unfortunately, swallowing tinsel can block their digestive tracts.
- Remember to douse all lighted candles when you leave the room. Pets can burn themselves or knock candles over and start fires, so always make sure you use stable candleholders and blow out the flames before you go to bed.
- Keep wires, batteries, and ornaments out of reach. Christmas tree light wires can be covered with electric tape where they snake along the floor, and if you have a particularly mischievous pet, it’s best to avoid decorating the lower branches of your tree altogether. Broken glass in the paws or mouth will be painful and require immediate veterinary care.
- Be careful with human foods. Chocolate is a well-known pet toxin and it’s all too common around the holidays. Additional potential hazards include: leftovers (especially spicy foods and meat with bones in it), coffee, alcohol, and anything too sugary. No matter how much your pet begs at the dinner table, avoid giving them any human food.
Keep Pets Happy and Comfortable
Pets deserve love all year round, but the holidays are a great time to make sure they’re extra happy.
- Give them occasional treats. Since they can’t have any yummy human food, show them some love with a new kind of treat or a brand new toy. A Kong toy filled with peanut butter for your dog or a catnip kitty toy will keep them entertained while you unwrap presents.
- Make sure your pet has a safe, quiet space. Lots of strangers coming in and out of your house can be stressful for your pet. Give them a comfy, calming space to retreat to—with fresh water and a soft bed—when there’s lots of foot traffic and noise.
- Be wary of New Year’s fireworks. Noisy poppers, firecrackers, and fireworks are terrifying to many pets. They don’t know what’s going on, so they don’t know they’re safe. Prepare for New Year’s by securing your pets in a safe, escape-proof place before midnight and comfort them if they start to become anxious.
Safe and Attentive Pet Boarding
You might choose to kennel your pets over the holidays, whether it’s for a couple weeks while you visit family in Florida or for a couple days if you just need time to get the house ready and prepare for guests. If you’re going out of town, need some worry-free time to get holiday chores done, or feel at all concerned about safety hazards in your home, pet boarding is a great choice.
Noah’s Ark offers a professional boarding facility with spacious runs and kennels for dogs, along with luxurious kitty cottages for cats. Our staff maintains the facility to the highest standards of comfort, safety, and cleanliness, always under the supervision of our veterinarians. All your pet’s needs will be taken care of (including cuddles and playtime!), and they will always be in an environment free of holiday hazards.
Because kennels have a tendency to fill up quickly, it’s important to reserve a space in advance. With the holidays just around the corner, now is the perfect time to call us and book your space!
For more information about holiday hazards or to book a space in our professional pet boarding facility, contact us today.