When we think about the holidays, we usually don’t think about how the steps we should take to keep our pets healthy. Yet, there are a few things we need to consider such as:
Keeping our pets warm
In many areas of the country, the temperatures are beginning to become colder just at the holiday season. If you have a small dog, a young dog or an older dog you should consider putting him/her in a sweater or coat when you are taking him/her outside for a walk. Small dogs, young dogs and older dogs have a harder time regulating their body heat, especially those with short hair.
Animals should be eating and drinking more
In the winter, animals need more water and food to keep their bodies functioning. For this reason, try to give them more food and water.
Consider using a heated water bowl
If you have an outside animal, you may want to consider purchasing a heated bowl for his/her water. This will help keep the water from freezing.
Shelter for outside animals
When the temperature drops to 32 degrees all outside animals need a shelter to get away from the elements. When it drops to 0 degrees all outside animals need a heated shelter.
If you are taking your dog a walk in an area that has been treated with salt, you should place booties on his/her feet to help protect his/her feet from the salt, which can cause cracks to develop in his/her feet. The booties can also help keep your dog from slipping on the ice.
Antifreeze has a sweet taste. Yet, if ingested this can kill a dog or cat. Make sure none of this spills onto your driveway where a dog or cat may lap it up and drink it.
If your pet chews and swallows a pine needle it is sharp enough that it can puncture his/her intestines. Make sure you sweep up all the pine needles from your wreathes and trees.
If you have a cat, you really should not use tinsel. Most cats will chew on tinsel and if swallowed it can wrap around his/her GI Tract and kill him/her.
Make sure you have no electrical wires hanging were a cat or dog can chew them and electrocute themselves.
Remember it may be tempting to give your dog a bone, but it may splitter inside his stomach can cause severe damage.
Foods you should never give your animal
Many of the holiday foods we may be eating can cause serious harm to our pets. They include such items as:
Dressing that contains onions and garlic
Raisins are toxic to both cats and dogs
Chocolate can be harmful to both cats and dogs.
Enjoy your holiday season. Just beware of the dangers that may be lurking for pets as you are enjoying your festivities.