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Steer Clear of Danger with Our Fall and Holiday Pet Safety Guide

While cinnamon and nutmeg sound like perfect names for newly adopted pets, the actual spices are guiding us toward some of the sweetest moments of the year. Between them and pumpkin-scented everything (lattes to lotion), we get the sense that we’re all well prepared to bask in the autumnal glow.

But, the fall will soon pivot toward the neverending to-do lists of the holidays, leaving your pet somewhere in the balance. To help with this shift, Animal Medical and Surgical Center provides the following ideas for optimal fall and holiday pet safety.

What Time is It?

The fall is really the start to an overbooked calendar, but don’t let that disturb your pet’s routine. Keep to regular mealtimes, bathroom breaks, exercise regimens, and bed times to help with the seasonal shift. After all, your pet depends on these experiences throughout the day, and a departure from routine can be deeply upsetting to peace of mind and general wellness.

Don’t forget playtime, accolades, and snuggles!

A Quiet Place

Whether you are hosting a gathering, or attending an event as guests, make sure your pet is settled. We recommend boarding your pet if you feel that having guests in your home would be disruptive to him or her, or if you’re traveling to a family or friend’s home for a holiday event.

Many pets are happily crate trained, exiting a loud or crowded room on their own. Please let us know if you need help with crate training or have questions about the process. Otherwise, a quiet room tucked away from the commotion is always a plus for holiday pet safety.

If your pet needs new ID tags, or an update to their microchip information, it’s best to get that ironed out before getting into a situation where your pet could take off through an open door or fence.

Bad Eats

Almost everyone tends to put on a few pounds during the last couple months of the year, thanks to the various food-centric holidays dotting the calendar. Resist offering your pet indulgent table scraps, and never allow him or her to inspect the trash bins. The most dangerous food culprits threatening holiday pet safety include:

  • Fatty meat, skin, or gravy
  • Bones
  • Garlic and onions
  • Sage
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Xylitol
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Chocolate
  • Alcohol
  • Unbaked bread dough

Consumption of any of the above constitutes a real pet emergency. Please do not delay seeking treatment for your pet.

Other Concerns About Holiday Pet Safety

Holiday decor is fun and festive, but can be hazardous to pets. Chewing electrical cords can cause electrocution, burns, or shock. Either unplug when not at home, keep cords off the floor, or cover/hide the cords from your pet.

Along the same lines, candles smell good and add to your home’s cozy fall ambiance, but they can easily singe your pet’s whiskers or nose. Similarly, a wagging tail or a jumping pet can cause a candle to tip over, potentially causing a house fire.

Lastly, keep an eye out for ribbons or long decorative string, and any plants that show up on this list.

A Wonderful Season

Our veterinarians care deeply about your pet’s health. If you have any additional questions pertaining to holiday pet safety, we welcome your call. Be safe and enjoy the fall!

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