Simple ways to make things safer for your pets when you celebrate the holidays.
Place the decorations up high. Having low hanging decorations on your tree are like an invitation for some pets to come play in the tree.
If your pets are a little shy make sure when you have holiday guests over the pets have their own safe space to get away from the festivities. The extra noise can be way to much for some animals.
If you have a holiday party make sure your guests know to not share the “people” treats with the pets. Set out a small bowl of pet treats for guests that just can’t help but share the holiday spirit with your four legged guests.
Keep poisonous plants where pets cant try and snack on them. Plants like ivy or poinsettias are extremely poisonous to pets.
When all the clean up is done and the trash put out make sure the lids are on tight. Nothing can ruin the end of the holiday like outside pets rummaging through the trash spreading it all over.
The FDA has a great resource on for Preventing Foodborne Illness Associated with Pet Food and Pet Treats. Its been online since mid 2007 but still full of very useful information.
Of all the benefits to living in the valley of the sun, the weather is at the top of the list. Even though there is little chance of us getting snow here in phoenix we have beautiful flagstaff just over two hours up the road that has all the snow you would ever want. If you plan on hitting the snow with your favorite dog here are a few things that you might want to keep in mind.
- Be very careful when letting your dog off their leash in the snow. Dogs depend heavily on their sense of smell and on the snow they can become easily disoriented and lost.
- When you come in from the snow make sure you thoroughly wipe of your dog’s legs and stomach. This will get all the pieces of ice that can get caught in their fur off it also helps make sure they aren’t tracking in things like road salt or antifreeze they might walk across when in the snow.
- Look into getting your dog a sweeter. Most dogs will start to grow a thicker coat during the winter months but with the warmer average temperatures here in the valley their own coat might not grow as thick as it would if they were around the snow everyday.
- Puppies are not as tolerant of the cold as adult dogs. Try and limit their time spent in the snow and keep a close eye on them to make sure they don’t get to cold.
- If your spending more then an afternoon in the snow make sure you give your dog a little extra food. They will need the extra food, particularly protein, to help their bodies stay warm.
A trip north to visit the snow can be a great time for you and your pet, keep warm and stay safe.
There’s no denying it – the holiday season is upon us, and things are moving fast and furious! It’s a wonderful time of year not only to enjoy the positive spirit in the air, but also take a moment to pause and be grateful for the things in our lives. While we participate in our own way year-round, this holiday season the Arizona Pet Vet family of hospitals has chosen to gather together and support a terrific organization, Gabriel’s Angels. For more than 10 years, Gabriel’s Angels has been giving the gift of joy and unconditional love to neglected and at-risk children throughout Arizona. Through their Unleash The Love program, pet therapy teams (owner and pet) meet with thousands of children each year, armed with the tools and teaching aids that will help them achieve critical social skills, and ultimately break the cycle of violence and neglect.
Our goal this season is to raise enough money to support 5 new pet therapy teams…doing it ONE DOLLAR at a time! Check it out on arizonapetvet.com…upload your pets photos, donate just $1, and help us make a difference in the lives of our future generations. Peace and Love to all this holiday season.