Pet Parenting Tips for the Holidays

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal)  Keeping your furry family members safe during the holidays can be a difficult, so we’re going to share some important tips every pet parent needs to know!  Jim Helems, owner of Jim Helems Dog Pals taught us how to keep our pets safe.

Dangerous Holiday Plants:

  • Holly and Mistletoe
  • Christmas Cactus
  • Poinsettias
  • Lilies and Daffodils
  • Amaryllis
  • Even the sap of the Christmas tree

Dangerous holiday foods:

  • Candy (some sugar free candies may contain Xylitol)
  • Chocolate (the darker the more dangerous)
  • Cooked bones (any type)
  • Grapes, Raisins and currants

Training (these 3 behaviors can save your pet’s life)

  • Teaching leave it
  • Teaching a recall (come when called)
  • Drop It

Christmas tree safety:

  • Glass ornaments
  • Tinsel
  • Electrical cords
  • Water in the tree stand (especially if you use tree preservatives)

Outside safety:

  • Protect paws/pads for salts or other ice melting products
  • Protect paws/pads from ice/snow build up in between pads, can cut their skin
  • Keep pets indoors and warm
  • Watch their weight
  • Still need exercise
  • Short haired breeds may need a coat/sweater on those very cold days