Holidays and the buzz around them can get you carried away with the celebrations and festivities of Christmas and New Year. You need to make plans with family and friends, host parties at home, take care of all the decorations, food, etc. All this can get you distracted from your pets. Not saying that it will happen. You may be someone who takes care of their pets really well. But sometimes, it may just so happen that your focus is shifted to everything about the holidays and you forget to give your pets the care they need from you, especially keeping them safe and comfortable despite the sea of people in your home ALL THE TIME.
It is very normal to forget to take care of certain things for your pets when you’re caught up in these celebrations and have people over at your place.
Here are some tips that can point your attention to your lovely pets and they can have a happy holiday too!
- Some food can make them sick. Keep them away from it
Especially dogs need to be kept away from food like chocolate, macadamia nuts, eggnog, ham and bacon, turkey bones, nutmeg, grapes, raisins, any food made with large quantities of garlic and onions, ham and bacon. Most of these foods are prepared for when guests come over and so you need to be extra careful that your pet doesn’t get to it.
- Take them for a walk before your party starts
A lot of people I the house can be overwhelming for your pet, especially dogs and so to relieve them of any stress that they might have, take them out on a walk and spend some quality time with them.
- Have a pet-friendly Christmas tree
Your Christmas tree can be harmful for your pets if you don’t have a pet-friendly tree. Here’s how – breakable ornaments may be knocked down by them and they can break and hurt your pet, if there is glass in any decoration and your pet eats it or tries to play with it and harms itself, fallen pine needles can be ingested by them and give them digestive problems. Get the picture?
Make sure you don’t decorate your tree with breakables and glass ornaments, and anything else that can be harmful for your pets. Also, clean the floor around the tree on a regular basis to avoid any hazards.
- Get rid of wrapping paper at your earliest convenience
The excitement of receiving gifts leads to ripping open the presents, leaving wrapping paper all over the pace and lazy to clean up the mess afterwards. If the wrapping paper is lying around for long, your pets will play with it and may even eat it. A lot of paper is not good for your pets and can cause digestive problems. So clean the mess right away!
- Buy them gifts too!
Your pets also deserve the love and celebration that the holiday season brings. Pamper them with the best gifts and shower them with affection.