Holiday season safety for pets
Kindness Animal Clinic's doctors and staff want this holiday season to be a fun and safe time for you and your pet, not something that turns into an emergency visit to the veterinarian. Some of the decorations we use, the holiday plants we buy, and the food we make can be hazardous to our pets. Below is a list of the most common holiday hazards. If your pet comes into contact with any of these, let us know immediately.
Uncooked meat and bones
Uncooked yeast dough
Grapes and raisins
Xylitol (artificial sweetener)
Batteries for toys
Needles from the Christmas tree
If you are expecting a lot of visitors or are having a holiday party, your animal may become very stressed or nervous. Make sure your animal has access to a quiet room (with a bed and some water) away from the noise and people where they can go to be alone or you may think about boarding them for a short time. If you have a new or young animal, you may want to try and teach them some basic obedience before people come over – commands like sit, stay, off, and leave it will be very helpful.
Lastly, make sure your pet has some sort of identification in case they get loose. It is best to have both a collar with your information on it as well as something permanent, like a microchip. At Kindness Animal Clinic we offer ResQ microchips for dogs and cats. They are read by all scanners (ISO compliant) and they contain your pet’s information as well as your contact information. There is no annual fee and they offer 24/7 customer support. If you have moved, please remember to update your pet’s information.
We wish the best to you and your pet during this holiday season.