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Holiday Tips For Your Pet

Holiday Tips for Pets From Rush Animal Care Clinic P.C.

Most people look forward to the holidays. It is a time to enjoy holiday parties and dinners with friends and family members. The holidays are also a time to decorate your home, making it festive for the holiday season. While all of this holiday excitement might be fun for you, it can be dangerous for your pet. If you are hosting the festivities at your home this year, there are a few tips that you should follow to keep your pet safe.

Responsible Decorating

When decorating your home for the holidays, you should keep your pet's health and safety in mind. Holly and mistletoe are poisonous; therefore, if your pet ingests these decorations, he can become very sick. It is best to use the artificial plastic type.

Also, tinsel can be dangerous if your pet eats it. Tinsel can get wrapped in your pet's digestive system, causing severe internal issues. It is best to avoid using tinsel and add more lights to brighten up your tree.

Don't Feed Your Pet Scraps

You may be tempted to let your pet indulge on table scraps this holiday season; however, it isn't the best idea. Suddenly adding new foods to your pet's diet can result in vomiting or diarrhea. Some of the foods that you are serving can be very dangerous for your dog. If you are serving chocolate, grapes, onions, raisins, or various types of nuts, they can make your pet very sick. It is best to avoid feeding your pet scraps and let your guests know about your rule.

Watch the Doors

When you have guests over for a party or dinner, chances are the door will be opening and closing often. Between people coming and going and your guests stepping outside for a breath of fresh air, there will be plenty of chances for your pet to run out the door and get lost. Since a lost pet can ruin your get together, it is best to keep an eye on the doors. If your pet tends to run off, it might be best to keep him locked in a bedroom. If you are going to do this, make sure that you leave enough food and water to get him through the night. Also, make sure he has a comfortable place to lay down.

If you are really worried about your pet, you should consider having him microchipped. This will keep him safe during the holiday season and after.

Even if you follow the holiday tips listed above, accidents can still happen. If your pet ingests something poisonous or if he starts showing signs of illness, you should make an appointment with Rush Animal Care Clinic P.C. Our veterinarian in Johnston is an expert in pet health and will help treat your pet. We provide emergency and urgent care services which will be necessary if your pet is sick.


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