How to have a retro (but safe and Fear Free!) Christmas with pets
Every December, the members of the extensive Becker family (living in three states) make their courses up to the family ranch in extraordinary Northern Idaho. The house is full of family, food, lights, laughter, lapping, yapping, and lots of dog hair. Each year we make certain to ready the house for the whirlwind of heaps of miniature feet scuttling about on hardwood floors.
Beyond the normal risks of food-associated illnesses, the greatest risk to pets during the holidays is prescription medicines meant for human use. Family and friends staying or visiting your house frequently bring along their drugs, and that means a higher opportunity these drugs will likely be left out or dropped on the flooring.
Any human drugs can present a danger or might even be lethal to pets. Make certain your visitors keep their prescriptions within their kid-proof containers, off the counter, in a drawer or cupboard or otherwise safely stowed away.
If you consider your pet has ingested medicine, call your veterinarian, your local veterinary ER, or the ASPCA pet poison control center (888-426-4435) to figure out whatever you must do.
On another note, ensure your holiday decorations are fastened and pet safe. Retro Christmas is now popular once again, and nothing is more iconic than bubble lights and tinsel. The movement, shimmering light, and crinkly sound of tinsel is tantamount to kitten split. If your cat ingests tinsel, it may present a risk to their intestinal tract that may be lethal, or at least quite pricey (the intestines bunch up like an accordion or you shoving a long sleeve top upwards; the tinsel is usually removed surgically). If you’ve pets, forgo the gleaming crinkly material entirely.
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