A Holiday Survival Series: Part Three

Christmas

 

We know Christmas can be one of the best and most stressful times of the year. That’s why at Deceased Pet Care, we created a five part Holiday Survival Series. This month, it’s the reason for the season: Christmas. We’ve put together a quick survival guide to take away the stress, add some safety, and sprinkle on an extra dusting of love. So without further ado, let’s dive into part three of our survival series.

A Warm Winter

The holidays usually mean cold and sometimes brutal weather, and although December doesn’t have the worst weather, make sure you pet is properly cared for during this cold season. Watch for signs of hypothermia. Have a safe and warm place for your pet to sleep. And make sure your pet’s fur is dried after a trip outside. We’ll cover Winter weather survival later this month in part four of our series.

A Happy House

While Holiday decorations are nothing short of beautiful, keep watch for a few that can be especially dangerous to your pet. The Christmas Tree needs to be firmly secured, as a wound up or wild pet can send it tumbling down, or worse, on top of your pooch.

Tinsel provides and special shimmer to your Holiday tree, but it can prove especially dangerous to dogs and cats. Tinsel is distracting and fun to play with, but it’s easily swallowed, and once ingested can cause serious digestive damage to your pet. If you have an indoor pet, we think it’s best to trim the tree tinsel-less this year, or research some safer sparkly alternatives.

Although undeniably beautiful, holiday plants such as poinsettia, ivy, mistletoe, and holly are all poisonous if ingested by your pet. Take care to keep them out of chewing, gnawing, or pawing range.

Christmastime also means lots of sweets and fatty foods. While we might be tempted to give a morsel to our puppy-eyed pet, our holiday human food can actually be quite dangerous to our pets. The fat or sugar can cause serious digestive issues, and some foods are even toxic.

 

Let’s serious, but just as important, is to maintain our behavioral habits with our pets. You pooch won’t know it isn’t Christmas when you start feeding them table snacks come January.  In the interest of fairness and consistency, we recommend abstaining altogether.

A Friendly Family

We love spending the Holiday season with our family, but even we can get a bit overwhelmed with so many people moving about the house. Your pet needs a safe place to bet when things get a little crazy.

We recommend introducing them to all the guests slowly, so you pet doesn’t get too overwhelmed. Also, set clear boundaries with your family members as to what is appropriate and inappropriate playtime with your pet.

If your pooch happens to act up, don’t punish her. She’s probably just reacting to the heightened environment. Instead, gather some pillows and blankets, and set aside a bathroom or small room as a quiet, safe place for your pet to escape.

If you’re visiting a relative this Christmas season, make sure to adequately prepare for the journey, and make sure your family is okay with a pet coming along for the holiday. Chances are, everything will be more than fine, but we always want to be diligent in our communication and our preparation.

So that’s our list, and we checked it twice so you don’t have to. At Deceased Pet Care, we know by creating a warm winter, a happy house, and a friendly family, your pet is sure to have a super happy and festive Christmas season. Don’t forget to check back later this month for part four of our Holiday Survival Series. See you soon!

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