Tails of Seattle: A pets blog
5 holiday party tips for pet owners
Posted by Judy Averill
As you and your loved ones gather for holiday parties, keep in mind that dogs, cats and other pets may also have their eyes on the feast.
The Seattle Humane Society notes that the holiday season with its rich, tempting food is a busy time for veterinary clinics. Here are some tips from the Seattle Humane Society and a few of our own suggestions for keeping pets healthy and happy during the festivities.
1. Keep food and wrappers out of reach. Agile and clever pets are known to take food and anything that smells like food from the floor, kitchen counter, trash bins and tables.
2. Resist offering leftovers. Rich and fatty foods like gravy, dressing and pie can cause painful and serious health problems. See the earlier post "Veterinary Q&A: Pancreatitis" by clicking here. Don't offer turkey bones. The bones easily splinter and can cause fatal injuries.
3. Keep decorations out of reach. Climbing cats and dogs with wagging tails and curious noses can knock over candles and other decorations. Some pets may also chew on decorations that look or sound like toys.
4. Plan ahead. Have pet appropriate treats on hand. If needed, reduce the amount of the pet's regular meal to accommodate the treats. Consider cooking a special treat for your pet. Search for "homemade pet treat recipes" online for ideas. Dog owners may want to take their pooches out for an extra walk before guests arrive.
5. Set up a quiet zone. It's easy to get stressed amid the holiday chaos. Place the pet's crate or bed in a room or area where it can relax. A special toy may also help your pet burn off some stress and enjoy the festivities safely.
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