Thanksgiving is right around the corner, followed immediately after by the holiday season. At Kapolei Pet Hospital on Oahu, the pet care specialists want to encourage families to make sure they keep their homes safe for pets during all of the holiday celebrations. By taking certain steps to prepare, you’ll avoid pet health emergencies during this joyous time of year.
Pet Care Experts Offer 3 Holiday Party Safety Tips
1. Keep Your Pets Away From Food
If you’re hosting a holiday party, there’s a good chance you’ll do a lot of cooking. This will excite your pets, but many of the ingredients you’re cooking with may be unsafe for them. Consult with a veterinarian to make sure you know which foods are unsafe for your little buddy, and take steps to keep them away from un-monitored food during the party. Don’t leave food out on the table or counter without anyone watching it, and consider keeping your pet in another room for the duration of the party, provided they’ll be comfortable.
2. Make Sure Fixtures Are Secure
The holiday season gives you plenty of extra fixtures and decorations to install, including trees, wreaths, lights, and other options. Make sure they’re secure, as a falling tree could cause a lot of harm. You should also install them where they’re difficult to reach; you don’t want a playful cat clawing at the wires for your lights. No matter what kind of decorations you install, make sure your pet doesn’t have easy access to them, especially if you know they’ll tear them down or knock them over.
3. Establish House Rules for Guests
Your guests will most likely be tempted to show your pet a lot of attention. Some pets enjoy this treatment while others get anxious. Establish ground rules for all of your guests in regards to how they should behave around your pet. This is particularly important if you’re having any children over since they probably won’t be as cautious as older relatives. It’s also a good idea to set aside a safe, calm room for your pet if they need a break from all the activity.
You should also be ready to contact your veterinarian if your pet suffers an injury or illness. At Kapolei Pet Hospital, serving Oahu, their pet care specialists will address any health issues promptly. Contact them online to learn more about the services provided or call (808) 462-8040.