Like children, cats and dogs can get into things they shouldn’t. Taking a proactive approach by eliminating temptation is the first step in ensuring pet safety at holiday time. Here are some tips:
Pets and Christmas trees
Cats love trees. Cats climb trees. Cats knock over trees. Some dogs think drinking the tree water is fun. Perhaps having a real tree may not be the best choice. With an artificial tree, pets may still be curious but kitty will most likely not try to claw his way to the top and pup won’t be ingesting stale water filled with pine needles!
Ixnay the tinsel
If ingested, tinsel can wreak havoc for cats and dogs. Depending on how much is eaten, tinsel can cause severe (and expensive) problems like an intestinal blockage. Ingesting a small amount may only lead to an interesting bowel movement, but who the heck wants to clean that up?
Make sure wires are secure
Wires from decorative lights can be irresistible to a curious cat or dog. If the wires cannot be hidden, there is a trick to discourage chewing – add a pinch of cayenne pepper along the wires (use some oil to help it stick). One taste is all it takes to stop the gnawing.
Keep menorahs and other candles out of your pet’s reach
Candlelight is both beautiful and festive, for sure. Unfortunately, curious cats and dogs getting a bit too close can suffer burns to paws, noses and whiskers. If your pets are particularly active, there’s also the chance of knocking over lit candles. Either place lit candles in a spot where fur babies can’t get to them or consider opting for an electric version.
There are several well-known toxic foods for cats and dogs, including chocolate, onions, raisins, grapes and alcohol. Also be aware that many commercial baked goods contain xylitol, which is extremely toxic to dogs. If your feast includes turkey, please do not share the skin with your pets. This fatty food can cause pancreatitis in some animals.
Some plants are toxic, too
This is important for giving as well as receiving. Contrary to popular belief, poinsettias generally are not toxic, however, holly and mistletoe can be. The ASPCA offers comprehensive lists of toxic and non-toxic plants. If you suspect your pet has ingested a toxic plant, please call the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center at 1.888.426.4435.
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The holidays can bring many changes to the home – moving furniture around, the addition of a Christmas tree, new scents, visitors and more. While some pets embrace these changes, others can feel like they’ve lost their territory. Treatibles to the rescue! Our products feature Organic Full Spectrum Hemp CBD Oil for pets and are an ideal way to help reduce stress and instill calm. Choose from Hard Chews, Soft Chewables, Capsules, a variety of Oil Dropper Bottles and Topical Cream.
We wish you and your fur babies a safe, happy, fun, drama-free holiday season!