The temperatures are dropping, and people are preparing for their favorite holidays. Love to celebrate? Check out the article below on hazards to avoid for your pet.

Visitors

The holidays are joyous occasions when family and friends gather to celebrate. Many pets are not comfortable with strangers in their homes. Young children can be especially challenging if pets are not commonly exposed to them. As pet parents, be mindful to keep your fur babies from guests who may not know how to best interact with them.

If you are traveling to someone else’s home, it may not be the best idea to bring your pets with you. Pets are protective of their territory. The animals at the homes of your friends and family may not welcome your pets into their homes.

Food

Plenty of delicious food is served at holiday parties. However, most of this food is not appropriate for animals. Even though it is tempting to share treats with your pets, please refrain from feeding them any human food. Pancreatitis is a common disease in veterinary medicine immediately following Thanksgiving. Fatty foods are a common cause of pancreatitis. While most cases of pancreatitis can be treated, severe cases are difficult and expensive to treat. Some of them are fatal.

Decorations & Celebrations

Holidays are a joyous time of the year for many people, but it’s also one of the most hazardous for pets. Many plants such as holly, yew, mistletoe, poinsettias, Christmas cactus, English Ivy and amaryllis used in celebrations during this time of year are toxic to animals.

Cats like to climb trees. Christmas trees are not an exception. Falls and broken ornaments may cause injures. Dogs may also step on broken ornaments and get hurt.

Open flames from yule logs and menorahs may cause burns.

Many people set off fireworks to bring in the new year. Fireworks often scare pets. It is best to have pets safely secured indoors during these holidays.

Celebrate with your Pet!

Even though there are many hazards, pets can always be a part of the holidays! Proper gifts and treats are available at pet stores for all pets. Plus, many pet stores have holiday activities for properly socialized pets. Check out your local pet store to learn more!