During the holiday season, it becomes a priority to make special memories with our friends and family. For most of us, that includes celebrating with our furry friends as well. Pets can make the holidays truly incredible, however, it is also important to make sure they are kept safe during the festivities. Below are a few suggestions on how to keep your pet comfortable and happy during the holidays!
If you plan to feed them human food during any feasting, be sure to check if itâ€™s safe or toxic for your animal. Also, make sure to only give them small portions and in moderation. Our food is not always the best for our pets, that is why they have their own!
If taking a walk, keep your pup on a leash at all times. Yes, even if they are trained very well and will stay by your side. When taking holiday walks -- such as to see the lights -- your dog may become easily distracted and wander away. If he or she wanders too far, finding you again may be tricky -- especially in an area that snows. Additionally, leashes are helpful in case they happen to see something they would like to eat but should not (e.g. holiday decorations).
If it is cold outside and you plan to take your pet out, make sure they are also kept warm. And if you have a cat, consider keeping him or her indoors for the season. Even though our pets have fur, they still can get dangerously cold -- especially through their sensitive paw pads. This can easily be remedied by having your dog wear a sweater or booties during walks. When it comes to weather, always remember that if you are hot or cold, your pet probably feels it just the same -- if not more so.
If you have any questions about safety tips for your pet this winter, always conduct research -- a quick Google search can do wonders. With these tips in mind, you and your pets can be sure to enjoy the upcoming holidays together.