Deck the Halls: Holiday Decorations Safety for Pets

Holiday decorations safety for pets can prevent a holiday pet emergency

All over the country and the world, people are preparing for holiday celebrations. An important part of these celebrations is decorating our homes with traditional items. But did you know that decking the halls with boughs of holly can be dangerous for our pets?

Yes, even the seemingly ubiquitous holly mentioned in the beloved song is toxic to our pets. And because we’re sure your dogs and cats are doing a bit of investigating with all the new items around your home, we thought the time was right to spend some time on holiday decorations safety for your pets.

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Halloween Pet Safety Measures that Are Anything But Scary

Halloween pet safety can lead to Halloween Fun for pets

Fall is a wonderful time of year, but the list of hazards that come with the season can be long. Fortunately, when you have a grasp on Halloween pet safety, you can stop worrying about your best friend and start enjoying the holiday together. Taking a proactive approach can help you avoid potential disaster and ease your mind. Here at Poulsbo Animal Clinic, we think that sounds like a spook-tacular idea!

Decor

Who doesn’t love a festive jack-o’-lantern? What about spider webs, flashing lights, and animatronic displays? There’s so shortage of Halloween decor out there. It’s fun, but pets can be truly frightened by it. Plus, some decor presents choking hazards, entanglement issues, and even electric shock.

Limit your pet’s access to these decorations. Use LED tea lights for carved pumpkins or display candles in an area that doesn’t pose a fire or burn risk.

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How to Achieve Pet Safety on the Fourth of July

Pet safety on the 4th of July is something to get noisy about!Owners of noise-sensitive pets are well aware of the dangers of holidays like New Year’s Eve and Halloween. In fact, the days preceding these holidays can be unpredictable, stressful, and anxiety-inducing for pets who have never displayed annoyance, irritation, or fear. Is it possible, then, to achieve full-scale pet safety on the Fourth of July? It is, but the desire to keep your pet safe and calm should be paired with thoughtful preparation and close observation.

Oh, So Noisy

Your cat or dog enjoys a keen sense of hearing, even if they’re older. Have you ever noticed them scampering off in the opposite direction when you flip on the blender or vacuum? This highly developed sense gives them wonderful capabilities, but on the Fourth of July, being able to hear each and every pop, boom, scream, and squeal is very off-putting. Continue…

Preventing a Pet Poisoning at Home

pet poisoningOur homes are supposed to provide sanctuary from the outside world. While they give us shelter and protection, they also give us warmth, comfort, and a nurturing space in which to thrive. Pets experience the same benefits from the homes we keep, but paradoxically, they can be exposed to harmful products that come with modern living. When pet owners understand which products can lead to a pet poisoning, the better off everyone will be.

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