It’s now officially the peak of holiday season. Everyone has different plans, and no matter where they may take you or what they involve, it’s important that we don’t forget our four-legged family members who are always there by our sides. You may be busy prepping for a big holiday meal, wrapping presents, or even leaving for a holiday trip. All of these things leave your pets alone. There are many things you can do to ensure your pets make it through the holidays, happy as can be!
Holiday time means cooking of things you’re not used to having all of the time and leftovers your pets might not be used to having. Know what foods are safe to give your pets, and if you don’t know, err on the side of caution. Also, with the extra cooking you may be doing, be careful of your pets being around open ovens, sharp knives, or other harmful things. The things you are doing could not only be harmful to your pets, but having them walking around could be harmful to you as they could cause you to trip. Give them a treat to distract them and everyone will be happy.
Do you have to work some late hours to wrap up end of the year work? Do you have an end of the year trip? Will you be busy finishing up holiday shopping and cooking? No one wants their pets to feel neglected no matter what they have going on. During this busy time of year, consider hiring a pet walker or sitter to give your pets the attention they need at this time. Your pet will love you even more for helping them get out of the house, even if you can’t do it with them.
If you leave to celebrate your holiday elsewhere, and have left your pets at home with a pet sitter, make sure you leave them with a pet friendly environment. If you put up a Christmas tree this year, make sure it is secured. You don’t want to come home to your tree crashed to the ground. Also, remove any ornaments from the lower branches, and don’t use any tinsel or other trimmings that could harm your pet. Make sure everything has been unplugged because pets are notorious for chewing on cords and we don’t want them getting shocked. Last, make sure all holiday plants (mistletoe, holly, and poinsettias) are put away out of reach because they can cause your pets to get sick.
This is a solution for both the short and long-term. If you are having those long work days, enrolling your pet day care could be the perfect solution to make sure they aren’t alone. If you will be taking an extended holiday, you can enroll your pet in day care for an extended period of time. Some of these daycares even have cameras so you can check-in with your pet from the comforts of your holiday. Your pet will be so happy and having such a fun time, while you’re doing the same on your holiday.
From everyone here at BH, we hope you and your pets have your best holiday yet!