Long Island, NY - December 17, 2014 - It's that time of year again when things stray from their normal routine. This is fine for most of us, but our pets sometimes have a difficult time adapting, after all, they do rely on a routine. Here are some tips to consider to keep your furry friends safe amidst the hustle, bustle, and craziness this holiday season:
1.) Don't buy tinsel-especially if you have cats. Cats love to play with linear objects like string, yarn, rubber bands, and worst of all, tinsel. What often happens is that they will be playing and it will get caught and anchored under their tongue while they swallow the other end of it. Since it's stuck at one end, and the digestive tract is trying to move it in the opposite direction, it gets bound up in the intestines, can shred them, and potentially cause death if dealt with right away.
2.) Put away all toxic foods. All types of chocolate are toxic, but dark chocolate is the worst. Other foods than can be toxic are onions, raw potatoes, raisins and grapes. Not a food-but some plants and flowers can be very dangerous to dogs and especially cats. Also , be careful of holiday plants, such as Poinsettas and Mistletoe.
3.) Make sure that guests visiting your home are careful not to let your pet escape out the front door as they go in and out-especially if you have a runner! A helpful suggestion is to put a gentle reminder on the back of the door so they are always conscious of this ( have printed a picture of your little friend with a "Don't let me escape!" caption).
4.) Be sure that all pets have proper identification. A microchip that is ISO certified is best so that your furry family can be found and the chip read with a universal reader no matter what brand you picked. In addition, you should always have a sturdy tag on their collar with your phone number.
5.) Keep your pet on a leash. This time of the year people are stressed and not paying attention to where they are going. The safest way to guarantee that nobody gets hit by a car is to make sure that they are not loose anywhere near the road.
6.) Pet - proof better than you would for young children. If this is too difficult with company visiting, then confine your cat or dog to a safe place, like a crate when you go out.
7.) Be aware of the cold. Remember not to leave your furry friends out there for too long-especially at night or during colder temperatures. Just because they have fur, it doesn't mean that they can withstand sub-zero temperatures.
8.) Don't feed your pet novelty treats that they are not used to, just because it's a special occasion, especially pig's ears and non-digestible rawhide. A trip to the vet for vomiting and diarrhea is not a fun way to spend the holidays.
9.) Avoid leaving your pet unsupervised with their new holiday toys.
Never leave them alone with a toy. Nobody really knows why, but eating it might seem like a good idea at the time for your pet.
10.) Unplug cords and cables that they might chew on or trip over when you're not around-especially the one that's attached to your tree!