Tips for Keeping Your Pet Safe This Holiday Season

The holidays are a fun time to enjoy quality time with your family, friends, and pets. Like every holiday, you will be busy preparing meals, catching up with long-distance relatives, and trying to keep everyone full and happy. While it can be fun to include your pets in the celebration, holidays can also pose risks to your pet’s health and happiness. Follow these simple tips to ensure your pet doesn’t get into any trouble over the holidays and to help you avoid an unwanted trip to your veterinarian.

Keep Holiday Ornaments out of Your Pet's Reach

What Foods to Avoid Giving Your Pet

Although your pet will certainly be interested in the delicious smells coming from the kitchen, you have to be careful what your pets eat. Like any other time of the year, it’s best to let your pet enjoy their typical meal while you enjoy your special human feast. Small bites of well-cooked meat, gravy, and certain vegetables are fine, but don’t overindulge your pet. A little goes a long way in the mind of the typical dog or cat. Keep your pets away from savory and herb-filled dishes, as pets often can’t digest the essential oils in many spices. Also avoid giving your pet anything containing undercooked or raw eggs or meat. If you notice any  strange behavior or signs of illness, call your vet right away.

How to Dispose of Trash Safely

It’s no secret that dogs love bones and trimmings, and your cat may also be interested in leftover meat smells. However, bones are one of the most dangerous things to feed your animal, as they can splinter and cause internal bleeding. Bag up your bones and take them outside right away to ensure your pet doesn’t get into the trash. If your dog or cat eats any meat containing bones, call a us at 972-239-1309 (Dallas) or 972-529-5033 (McKinney/Frisco) to get advice on what steps you should take to ensure their safety.

By watching your pet’s diet while you enjoy your holiday meal, you can ensure a healthy, safe, and stress-free holiday with your loved ones. If you run into any problems or concerns over the weekend, make sure to call us right away. At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group we offer advanced pet wellness, pet grooming, pet boarding, and emergency services in our comfortable, clean, and friendly offices. Call  Preston Road Animal Hospital  of Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or  Meadow Brook Animal Hospital  of McKinney at (972) 529-5033 to find out more.

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