It's hard to resist those sad eyes, but even the simplest of treats can be harmful!
It's difficult sometimes to resist the temptation to give in to cute pets who plead at the holiday dinner table for a scrap or two of the delicious food we are enjoying. Many pet owners give in too easily to the vocal demands and adorable antics of their animal companions with the thought that only one or two goodies won't harm them. Before you sit down to feast, you can help reduce your pet's temptation for begging and stealing food, by feeding them before your guests arrive. One of the easiest ways to avoid trouble is to make sure your guests know the pet rules and discourage them from feeding critters scraps from the table. The best approach is to make sure any animal is occupied with a chew toy or playmates in another room.
Some of the biggest food hazards to pets during the holidays include:
If your pet still feels a need to beg for food from the table, you can also use a pet gate or play pen to house the pet nearby, while providing a safe barrier until the meal if finished. Don't forget that once the table is cleared, make sure pets cannot get to scraps or bones. Keep leftover food out of reach and in tightly closed containers. Make sure garbage cans are secure to keep critters safe from e-coli and leftover tinfoil.
According to animal experts, there can be other dangerous or even deadly consequences for pets during the holidays. Holiday threats to animals include:
It never hurts to keep your emergency vet clinic or veterinary hospital number handy. You never know when you will encounter a disaster due to a delinquent guest or persistent pet. Good sense and preventative safety measures are the best strategies to help insure that you have a happy and healthy holiday.
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