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Holiday Pet Safety in Amesbury, MA

During the holiday season, there are so many dangers our pets may encounter, but if a few extra precautions are taken, you can keep your best friend safe.

Top 5 Most Common Holiday Dangers

These are some of the most common dangers that we often see during the holiday season:

  • While we can handle having a few drinks in celebration of the season, our pets cannot. It’s important to always keep alcoholic beverages out your of your pet’s reach to ensure that they’re safe from the danger of alcohol poisoning.
  • Christmas trees. It isn’t the holiday season without a festive tree! However, these lovely decorations can also cause a few hazards in the home. Christmas trees can be knocked over by overly adventurous and curious pets, causing damage to the home and injury to the animals!
  • Electrical cords. Does your best friend like to chew? The sight of all those new cords under the tree may be too appealing for your pet, so we recommend disguising and hiding electrical cords to prevent your pet’s curiosity. It’s also important that they never be left unattended around the decorations!
  • Holiday meals and sweets. You hear all year round that there are foods your pet should never consume, but during the holiday season we have so much more of those dangerous foods around the house! Traditional holiday meals contain so many of those dangers, like poultry bones, onions, garlic, grapes, and more. In addition, we often do a lot of baking during the holidays, introducing our pets to even more potential dangers with chocolate, sugar, macadamia nuts, raisins, and more. Keep those foods and treats out of your pet’s reach at all times!
  • Poinsettias and other holiday plants. For some odd reason, the most popular plants to bring inside the home at the holidays are toxic to your pet! Poinsettias, amaryllis, and lilies of all kinds are dangerous and we recommend keeping them out of your pet’s reach at all times so thjat your pet doesn’t have access to the leaves or berries that may fall off. You may also want to consider purchasing silk flowers for the look of the festive plant without the dangers.

If you have any questions about your pet’s safety and well-being this holiday season, please contact our team with questions. That’s what we’re here for! Have a happy and safe holiday with your pet this year.

Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Halloween Pet Safety Tips in Amesbury, MA

Halloween may be an exciting season for us and our children, but it can be dangerous for our furry friends! There are a number of dangers that can affect them at this time of the year. We recommend that all pet owners keep an eye on their pets at Halloween and ensure that they are protected. Some common Halloween concerns are detailed below:

Hazards to Pets in During the Halloween Season

  • Halloween is characterized by delicious treats and lots of candy, but it’s important to remember that candy is toxic for our pets to eat! Chocolate and sugar free candy is especially hazardous for them. If your pet gets a hold of Halloween candy, be sure to contact the Merrimac Valley Animal Hospital team immediately so we can determine whether emergency medical treatment is necessary.
  • If you’re dressing your pet up in a Halloween costume, make sure they are always supervised while in costume. Clothing is not natural for animals so they may become stressed or even struggle to remove it. Keep an eye on your pet all the time they’re dressed up and use your best judgement. If they look uncomfortable, they should have the costume removed.

Jack-o-lanterns are well-loved Halloween decorations, but they can be dangerous ones! If they are lit with a candle and they’re tipped over the hot wax or the flame could cause severe burns or a fire.

 

If you have questions about your pet’s safety this season, please contact our team for assistance. We’re committed to helping each pet lead a long, healthy, and happy life!