It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Dogs in Christmas costumes

As we prepare for the Christmas holidays, it is a good idea to think about our pets and their safety. There will be decorations, foods, candies, and perhaps visitors - all of which can pose a potential threat to animal safety. Here are some tips to help keep your pets safe and happy through the Holiday Season.

  1. With all the coming and going that occurs during the holidays, with visitors and trips to the car to take packages out or bring them in, it is a good idea to make sure your pet's identification is up to date, in case they slip out of your house or apartment. If they are microchipped, make sure you have the information handy and have kept it up to date. Make sure your dog has its Kern County license on his/her collar. Take a good clear photo of your pet, in case you have to canvas the neighborhood or put up posters - it is much easier to find a dog if there is a picture.
  2. Make sure your cat or dog has a safety spot in the house or apartment. A place where they do not have to be in the center of all the activity or petted by visitors. Quite often, a lot of activity or visitors trying to touch them will make them anxious and stressed. A stressed animal can behave aggressively, or become ill - just like an overtired toddler. Make sure they have a secure place where they can be quiet and unwind.
  3. Don't share people food (main dishes, desserts or candies) with your pets. Artificial sweeteners can cause severe drops in insulin, and kidney failure in smaller animals. Try not to leave unattended candy dishes, they are very tempting for your pets. Chocolate, raisins, grapes, pits from fruit, garlic and onions are all toxic to animals, and at the very least can cause diarrhea. Chicken and turkey bones can splinter and cause severe issues as well such as choking or the shards puncturing the intestines. Best to keep the people food for the people.
  4. Try to maintain your pet's daily routine, it minimizes the stress, and will keep them from becoming overactive and anxious.
  5. If you need to, lay the ground rules with your human visitors - so they know that some spaces are out of bounds to them, and how they should interact with your pets.
  6. Keep decorations safely out of reach, and all wires and plugs carefully concealed or taped out of reach.

Follow these simple guidelines and your pets can have a happy holiday with you. Comments? Questions? Story information, product to review or breaking news? Please contact Natalia Corres at [email protected]

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