Pet Etiquette for Holiday Festivities Throughout the YearWhile the holidays and any party celebration bring good times and joy, it could also present a number of dangerous circumstances to our four-legged friends. Many individuals or families host get-togethers or parties throughout the year for various occasions. With this said, due to constant distractions and the stress of cleaning, decorating, preparing food and satisfying guests, we can easily overlook potential dangers to our pets. Proper pet etiquette for holiday party hosting is a must! It's essential as pet owners, that we address these issues and do our best to protect our furry companions while hosting or attending a holiday party this year.
Of course, hosting a party includes lots of treats and feasts; and your animal companion sure has their eyes on the prize! Although it is tempting to leave chocolates or candies around the house for guests to pick on, try to refrain from this. Keep all goodies in high areas that our pets are unable to reach. Chocolates are poisonous to dogs and cats and can even be deadly. Cookies, candies and certain nuts should not be given to pets as well.
It may seem natural to give a dog a bone, but fat trimmings and bones are dangerous for dogs. Fat trimmed from both cooked and uncooked meat may cause pancreatitis. Dogs could also choke on a bone or could get a splinter and cause an obstruction of the dog's digestive system. During the holidays, a pet owner's best bet is to keep our furry friends on a regular diet and inform visitors against giving pets special treats or table scraps.
Alcoholic beverages are very common during get-togethers but these beverages should be kept away from animals at all times. Alcohol can cause serious intoxication in pets and many dogs and cats are attracted to it because of its sweet smell and taste. Make sure to caution guests to keep drinking glasses out of the animal's reach, and clean up glasses as soon as the holiday party is over.
Although decorations are fun and pretty to display, especially during the Christmas and Hanukkah season; Christmas trees, tinsel, ribbons, and candles can be very dangerous to our pets. Tinsel is not toxic but pets may be attracted to it. It shines, dangles and reflects light; what pet wouldn't be curious to try and find out what this is! If an animal consumes tinsel, the ingestion could be fatal as it twists and bunches inside of your pet's intestines. Make sure to anchor Christmas trees securely because a climbing cat or the wag of a dog's tail can easily knock over a tree. Clean up pine needles often and try to prevent pets from drinking water from the tree stand; especially if there has been added preservative.
Some pets love visitors and behave very well; however others could be fearful or act aggressive with new guests entering the house. This is especially true when adding more animal friends to the house.
"Every year I invite company over for a few days during the holidays and my dog Gypsy doesn't get along with other dogs. Of course, my one guest usually brings her miniature pincher along, too. We always plan on having our Portable Pop-up Shelters in the house to keep the dogs separated." – Sally Montiano, Sturdi Products "Heavy User"
In this case, Sally decides to keep the dogs separated by using the spacious, comfortable and easy to maneuver Portable Pop-up Shelter. It is important that we find alternative solutions in order to keep our pets safe at all times. We want holiday celebrations to be a happy time for pets and their owners, so it is important to keep in mind these helpful pet etiquette and safety tips!
Additional Pet Etiquette Holiday Tips for every occasion this year!
St. Patrick's Day:
• Planning on dying your pets fur green? Make sure to use non-toxic, all natural vegetable dye! You do not want to affect their sensitive skin.
• Many parades, bars and parties will be happening - be sure to walk your dog in areas that avoid these crowds that could be dangerous to your pup!
• The first hint of spring is in the air and everyone is ready to celebrate! Hosting a St.Patrick's Day party will probably include plenty of alcoholic beverages. Try to monitor our pets and be sure to clean up spills, empty glasses, cups or bottles quickly.
• Beware of Easter Lillies. These common Easter flowers are toxic plants and can be fatal if ingested by our furry friends.
• Keep candy chocolate bunnies in check!
• The Easter basket should be out of your pet's reach. Consumption of artificial grass can cause gastrointestinal problems or intestinal blockages that may require surgical intervention. Both real and plastic eggs can be harmful to your pet as well!
4th of July:
• Leave your pets home for this occasion. Many celebrate in a park or in the backyard; however fireworks and other loud noises can terrify your pets and cause them to run away. Never use fireworks around pets!
• Remember to use pet-friendly insect replants and sunscreens!
• Forgo the glow sticks, fun jewelry and beware of lighter fluid and matches!
• If you pet seems stressed in a pet costume, remove it for their safety. Make sure your pets costume is comfortable and doesn't obstruct vision, hearing or restrict movement.
• Do not bring your pup trick-or-treating. They could get spooked by the noise and confusion of Halloween. Children you encounter may also be fearful of dogs.
• Be alert when opening the door for trick-or-treaters. Pets could run out the front door. Keep Halloween candy out of our pet's reach!
• Stuff your turkey, not your dog! Overindulging in fatty foods can lead to an upset stomach or even a life-threatening condition calls pancreatitis.
• Onions, grapes and raisins can be very harmful to our pets so be sure to pay close attention when using these ingredients!
• Keep an eye on the garbage and keep it securely fastened to avoid your pet getting into it!
Christmas & Hanukkah:
• Cookies, candies and candy canes are often used to build gingerbread houses or used as decorations; but it's important to keep our pets away from these sweet treats!
• To be safe, put away food immediately after serving. It may be smart to feed and exercise your pets before hosting so they beg less for food and are tired.
• Securely anchor your Christmas tree so it doesn't tip and fall causing possible injury to your pet.
• The lighting of candles is common during this time of year but may be another source of danger to our curious pets. Not only can pets burn themselves, but knocking over a candle can be a serious fire hazard to all family members and guests.
New Years Eve:
• Loud party noises like fireworks, noisemakers or gunfire can cause our pets to enter an extreme panic mode, sometimes even breaking through glass windows, screens or slipping out doors.
• Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with identification tags with current information. Microchipping is always advised too!
• Keep all alcohol, festive foods, floral arrangements and party decoration away from your pets!