Holiday Pet SafetyPublished December 2, 2011
While celebrating the holidays, it is important to keep pet safety in mind. Recognizing dangers in and around your household can keep your pet safe from harm, illness and injury as well as save you money on costly vet bills.
Keeping your pet safe during the holidays–or any other time–has a lot to do with your pet’s personality and the situation. Protect your pet based on his personality type with the latest and greatest gear (including appropriate clothing and other products) necessary for peaceful and stress-free holidays.
1. Escape Artist
With guests coming and going, your pet can easily slip out the door. With the Tagg, you can track your pet with his doggie GPS in real time. Alerts will come to your smartphone or computer.
The smell of the holiday meal or any meal permeating throughout the house could drive your four-legged friend into a food frenzy. Contain food scraps and discarded meals in a safe trash can–away from your pet’s reach, saving money on vet care.
3. Nosey Nelly
If your curious pet wants to know who’s coming for the holiday meal, he might jump on the fence, getting his collar caught. As a result, he may not be able to get enough air to sustain life. Avoid canine strangulation, a common problem, with a break-away collar.
Fleas and ticks need to feed on human or pet host to survive. The fall weather, in most climates, will not produce temperatures frigid enough to eliminate fleas and ticks. Moreover, fleas can live in warm households and ticks can land on your pet from a simple romp in a pile of leaves.
The key is to maintain protection all year round that is affordable and is made with Insect Growth Regulator which kills larvae and pupae.
Unrestrained pets in the car can cause driver distractions on the way to see friends and family during the holiday season. To reduce the possibility of an accident, confine your pet in the car with safety harnesses, bolster seats and containment barriers.
If he likes the great outdoors, your dog could be susceptible to the dangers of the extreme temps this season. Just make sure he is wearing a coat to keep him warm and dry.
7. Nervous Nelly
Stressful situations like having a house full of guests can cause your dog to be destructive, ruining costly items in your home. Also, having him chew, scratch and dig can be a canine health hazard and an unplanned trip to your vet. Comfort Zone can help keep him calm without the costly medication. Additionally, Nurtured Pets Anti-Chew Strips can keep him from chewing the furniture.
Plants as gifts can be deadly if pets ingest them. Distract your dog or cat by giving him an inexpensive garden of his own made of wheat, barley, rye or oat grass. He can keep it mowed by munching on it. Your added benefit is that it will help to keep his breath fresh too.