If you’re a pet owner, then the holidays pose unique hazards you’ll need to worry about that don’t necessarily come to bear at other times of the year. Therefore, we’d like to turn your attention to some of the holiday-centric pet safety tips provided by the Anti-Cruelty Society in a new report out of Chicago.
With Christmas coming up, some people may be tempted to get a friend or loved one a new pet as a gift for the season. Please do not do this. Although your generosity should certainly be commended, you don’t want to create a situation where the owner either wasn’t planning on getting a pet or the pet didn’t meet their particular needs.
If they’re thinking about getting a pet, it’s best to say you’ll help pay for an adoption fee or something like that. That way, the pet is their choice, something that will end up being better for the animal and the human.
Should you end up hosting guests for a holiday party, make sure to keep the pets in a room by themselves if they’re skittish, and if not, at the very least ask everyone to use caution when coming through the door so the animals don’t run out.
Also strive to minimize the danger posed by wires on Christmas lights or poisonous plants like poinsettias. Pets can be severely injured if they chew on either of these things. You also have to make sure your pet won’t bite the tree or the ornaments on it.