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Preventing Common Holiday Pet Injuries

MDVSS Holiday Pet Injuries

Preventing holiday pet injuries requires a little extra care during holiday traditions and celebrations, but it’s worth the effort to protect your furry friend.

The holiday season is a time of joy and celebration, but it can also pose potential risks for our furry companions. From festive decorations to indulgent treats, there are various hazards that can lead to common holiday pet injuries. As responsible pet owners, it’s crucial to be aware of these risks and take proactive steps to ensure our pets stay safe and healthy throughout the festivities.

Decoration Dangers

One of the most common sources of holiday pet injuries comes from decorations. From tinsel and ornaments to twinkling lights, these festive adornments can be irresistible to curious pets. Cats, in particular, may be tempted to bat at hanging ornaments or chew on tinsel (or the tree!), which can lead to choking or intestinal blockages.

To prevent such incidents, consider using pet-friendly decorations. Opt for shatterproof ornaments, secure decorations out of reach, and avoid using tinsel altogether. Additionally, make sure to secure electrical cords and keep them hidden, as chewing on wires can result in electric shocks or burns.

Toxic Treats

During the holiday season, homes are often filled with an array of delicious treats. While it’s tempting to share the festivities with our pets, it’s important to be cautious about certain foods that can be toxic to them. Chocolate, grapes, raisins, alcohol, and certain artificial sweeteners, such as xylitol, are just a few examples of items that should be kept well out of reach.

Create a designated pet-friendly treat area with goodies specially made for them. If guests are around, educate them about the dangers of feeding pets from their plates and ensure that all potential hazards are safely stored away.

Unattended Open Doors

Holiday gatherings often mean a steady stream of visitors and open doors. Pets, especially dogs, may be tempted to make a dash for freedom in the excitement of the moment. To prevent accidental escapes, keep a close eye on your pets during gatherings, consider using baby gates to limit their access to entry points, and ensure that collars and identification tags are securely in place.

Stress and Anxiety

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can be overwhelming for pets. Changes in routine, loud noises from festivities, and the presence of unfamiliar faces can contribute to stress and anxiety. Keep your pet’s well-being in mind by providing a quiet and comfortable retreat where they can retreat if needed. Communicate with guests to approach and interact with your pets in a calm and gentle manner or to leave them be if they need some quiet time.

Poinsettia Plants and Other Toxic Flora

Many holiday plants, including poinsettias, holly, and mistletoe, are toxic to pets if ingested. Keep these plants out of reach, and if you suspect your pet has consumed any part of a toxic plant, seek veterinary attention immediately. Consider using artificial alternatives or pet-safe plants to adorn your home.

The ASPCA has a database of toxic and non-toxic plants that you can check to ensure that the plants you’d like to add to your home decor are safe for your pets.

Trust Maryland Veterinary Surgical Services With Your Companion’s Health

Your companion’s health is important, and the team at MVSS is ready to provide the best care possible for your furry family. We are dedicated to combining comprehensive exams and assessments with informative and honest discussions of your companion’s care. Once we have worked with you to decide on the best course of action for your dog, our professionals will use their surgical expertise to work towards the goal of giving your companion an active and pain-free life. We are proud to serve loyal companions in Catonsville and Baltimore. To learn more about our services, give us a call at 410-788-4088 or visit us online. For more information and tips for pet health, follow us on Facebook and Pinterest.

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