The holidays can be both busy and fun -- especially with pets in the household. But don't forget about safety while zooming around from the kitchen, store to store, and everywhere else. It turns out Yahoo! contributors know exactly the kinds of things that might happen, as well as how to help your fur babies stay safe through the winter holiday season.
My puppy eyes will persuade you into giving me holiday food -- In her article 3 Simple Rules for Holidays, Food, and Your Pets, Yahoo! Contributor Terry Mulligan says "it's time to starting thinking about all the food temptations that will soon surround us. And as you're contemplating your limits, don't neglect to set them for your beloved pet, as well. Our tendency to over-indulge during the holidays often spills over into our pet's territory. Unfortunately, the results can be just as disastrous." She's got 3 easy rules for pet owners to follow.
Can I please play in the winter weather mommy? -- Dogs and cats have fur. Therefore, they must be warm and safe from the ailments naturally, right? Wrong. Linda Cole shows us why hypothermia is a major cold weather danger for pets. According to Linda, you should "pay attention because hypothermia can be a life threatening condition that can happen inside or outside the home." In a separate article about other winter dangers, Linda reminds us that the cold is not the only enemy. Antifreeze and deicers are just a couple of the common winter hazards that made her list of winter dangers for dogs and cats.
Deck the halls with ER X-rays? -- Decorations and other holiday items may seem commonplace. But many can be a real hazard for your pet. Unless you'd like the family photos to include x-rays from emergency vet visits (or worse), consider researching the dangers of every new item that may come into your home. For instance, in A Merry Christmas is a Safe Christmas for Your Pets, Terry Mulligan warns "Poinsettias, mistletoe and holly are all popular plants used for Christmas decorating. Unfortunately, they are poisonous to your pets. Keep them up high to enjoy them safely." Read the full article to learn about other important lurking dangers. In Holiday Dangers for Dogs and Cats, Linda Cole also reminds us with another list of hazardous items that "Pets don't have far to look to find holiday dangers around the home, and with easier access to food sitting around to tinsel hanging on a Christmas tree, a happy day can turn into a lifesaving rush to the vet."
Stranger danger! Keep your distance! -- Food, decor, and outdoor hazards are not the only holiday concerns for pet owners. What about all the new people coming into your home, for starters? Donna Thacker has compiled information regarding issues you may have neglected to think about in Holiday Dangers for Small Dogs. Even though this resource is geared toward small dogs, some of the advice can be applied to all pets. One scenario she mentions that may seem commonplace is that "You may be having more company than you or your small dog is used to. Small children will become very excitable around a cute little dog. They are excited about the holidays already, so a small dog running around will heighten their excitement and may terrify the small dog, if he is not used to being chased by children." More information on how to handle that and other hazards can be found in the original article.