The holiday season is upon us, and many of us plan to include our furry family members in the festivities. However, we can overlook potential dangers for our pets. Check out these great tips on how to keep your pets safe and happy this season.
Many people have festive plants placed throughout their house for the holiday. Some common holiday plants (Holly, Mistletoe, Poinsettia, Lilies and Daffodils) have been considered poisonous and toxic if your pets ingest it. Some side effects may include vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, seizures, weakness, loss of appetite and difficulty swallowing. Remember to keep your pets in mind when you display or dispose of your holiday plants.
Beautiful and joyful in the home, your decorated Christmas tree is a waiting hazard for your pets. Items such as tinsel, garlands, lights and glass ornaments can be dangerous gateways for accidents. If ingested, your pets may experience signs of vomiting, loose stools, diarrhea, lethargy or weakness. Make sure your tree is properly secured, and place less "tempting" ornaments near your tree base, with more fragile items at the top.
Holiday lights are glowing and festive to look at whether inside or outside the house. For curious pets who may chew on electrical cords, wires can present a threat. If chewed, electrical cords can cause burns, difficulty breathing, cardiac arrest, and seizures. To protect your pets, unplug the lights when you aren't home.
Holiday sweets (especially chocolate) should be kept far away from your pets. Xylitol, which is a sugar-free sweetener, can be found in baked goods and candies. Vomiting, lethargy, loss of coordination, seizures and liver failure may indicate poisoning from xylitol. Other foods to keep away from your pets are onions, nuts, grapes, garlic, leeks, shallots and alcohol. Never give your pets leftover bones as these can cause choking, constipation or cause damage to your dog’s intestines. Avoid items that you know will upset your pet's stomach and consult your veterinarian before trying anything new.
If you believe your pet has been poisoned or eaten something it shouldn't have, call your veterinarian or emergency veterinarian hospital immediately. You may also want to call Pet Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435 (Please be advised there is a charge for this call - ask for the cost before proceeding). Taking precautions with your pets during the holidays can help prevent accidents from occurring. Keep these tips in mind and enjoy the festivities without worrying about the safety of your furry family member.
Did you know that New Jersey has the strictest laws regarding pet safety on the road? As pet owners, we love bringing our furry family member in the car with us. Whether it's going on vacation, to the park, or even to the vet, many pets enjoy going on car rides. However, it's dangerous and illegal if your pet isn't properly restrained.
New Jersey police officers have the right to pull over any vehicle they feel is incorrectly transporting an animal. This includes pets hanging out the window, sitting on the driver's lap or riding in the back of a truck. Letting your pet roam free in a vehicle can be a serious hazard to you and your passengers, potentially distracting you or impairing your ability to drive. Also, without restraint, your pet is at risk for serious injury during sharp turns, sudden stops and accidents. Drivers who fail to restrain their pet face fines ranging from $250-$1,000, and can be charged with a disorderly person’s offense under the state's animal cruelty statutes.
For the safety of your pet and everyone else in the car, it's important to buckle up. There are several different methods for securing your pet. Options range from car seats, to harnesses, to crates, and even barriers for larger pets. Choose whatever works best for you and your pet. The comfort of knowing your pet is safe and secure will allow you to devote all of your attention to getting to your destination.
Safe travels to you and your furry family member!!