Holiday Pet Safety Tips

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group 0225221517

Holiday Pet Safety Tips

As you gear up for the holidays it’s important to keep your pets in mind, after all, they’re a part of the family. It’s a busy time of year with a lot of extras going on and keeping your pet’s daily routine as close to normal as possible is something every pet parent should try to do. From décor, to parties, to food there’s a lot to consider to keep your pet safe.

Holiday Pet Safety 

Décor Safety Tips

  •         Christmas Tree – anchor your tree so that it doesn’t pose a threat of falling over and injuring your pet. This is especially important if your feline friends like to attempt to climb the tree. Do not let your pets drink the tree water. Stagnant tree water can be a breeding ground for bacteria and your pet can become ill from ingesting it. Tinsel is not a good idea if you have curious pets. What looks like a toy to them can easily get swallowed and lead to an obstructed digestive tract.

  •         Candles – they create beautiful ambiance but, they also need to be monitored at all times. If you leave the room blow them out! Pets can easily burn themselves or knock them over and cause a fire if left unattended.

  •         Wires – the holidays bring a lot of wires that aren’t typically in your home and keeping them out of paws reach is a must. Your pet could suffer a lethal shock if they bite into a wire. Batteries are also something to steer clear of being left out. A punctured battery can cause burns to an animal’s mouth and esophagus.


    Holiday Pet Safety

 

Holiday Gathering Safety Tips

  •         Party Animal – some pets like to be the life of the party. If your pet falls into that category your animal-loving guests can feel free to interact and enjoy your furry friend. However, not all pets like to be the center of attention and even those that do still need a break at times. Have a quiet space set up for your pet complete with a snuggly place to lay and water.

  •         Guests Belongings – have guests house their handbags and coats in a closet or room that allows you to close the door to keep your pet out. Let your guests know the door needs to remain closed at all times. This will ensure your pet doesn’t get into anything that might be in a guest’s bag or coat pocket – especially medication.

  •         New Year’s – poppers and fireworks can be terrifying for pets and even cause damage to their ears. Be sure to secure them in a safe, escape-proof area on New Year’s Eve.


Holiday Food Dangers

  •         Holiday Goodies - the holidays inevitably bring more food into our homes. Many pets will go to extreme lengths to taste the yummy goodies their humans enjoy. Make sure to keep your pets away from unattended food both on plates and the counter and secure your trash in and out of the house.

  •         Bones – feeding bones from human food to your pet is a big no-no. For some reason, the holidays seem to increase when this happens and while they might be giving you lovey eyes to hand one over don’t do it! The bones can splinter inside your pet and lead to costly medical bills or worse.

  •         Special Pet Toys – we’ve all seen the pretty toys with strings, ribbon, yard, and loose little parts. Steer clear of all of them, they can become lodged in your pet’s intestines and lead to surgery being needed. There are plenty of safe toys (and treats!) to pick from to fill your pets stocking with.

Holiday Pet Safety


It’s the most wonderful time of the year and keeping your pet safe will allow both of you to fully enjoy the holidays together!

 

 

 

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Amanda Davidson

Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group

Broker - Owner
Licensed in VA and DC

5680 King Centre Drive #600
Alexandria, VA 22315

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Barbara Todaro that can be equally as hard, if not harder. The little ones are into everything but, in the best way. I love watching them as they discover new things.

Dec 06, 2018 02:26 PM #18
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Sheila Anderson your love for animals is something I'll always admire about you. Tells me all I need to know about what a kind person you are. 

Dec 06, 2018 02:27 PM #19
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD thank goodness he was ok. I'm sure that had to be scary! I can remember my Dad always getting calls over the holidays from patients who had a pup that ate chocolate. Unless it was a huge amount they were always fine but, there was one who ate a 2lb box. Dad left on Christmas Day and thankfully was able to save the dog. 

Dec 06, 2018 02:29 PM #20
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Bob "RealMan" Timm thank you! I do too, anything pet related always catches my eye. They're the best :) 

Dec 06, 2018 02:30 PM #21
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Grant Schneider we sure don't! That movie makes me laugh every time I see it.

Dec 06, 2018 02:41 PM #22
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Debe Maxwell, CRS she's the Queen so I understand not being good with rules :) We had a cat growing up that would jump on the mantle and knock her stocking off and then open her treats. She knew exactly which one was hers and never bothered the others, the dogs would just watch with jealousy lol.

Dec 06, 2018 02:44 PM #23
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Hi Amanda- such good reminders for pet owners. For us it was always the food that we had in the house for the holidays, especially after our cookie exchange. We had to make sure that everything was covered and nothing too near the edge of the counter. 

Dec 06, 2018 05:19 PM #24
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Thanks for taking the time out to help us protect our furry best friends!

Dec 06, 2018 05:45 PM #25
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Hi Amanda

This is terrific information for this time of year for anyone with one or more pets. I think it's easy to forget about the potential dangers and these are a great reminder. And it could be a terrific mailing.

Jeff

Dec 06, 2018 08:17 PM #26
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Kathy Streib I think some pets get a little extra motivated with all the wonderful smells in the house this time of you and I can't blame them! You were smart to keep things pushed back from the edge of counters.

Dec 07, 2018 04:41 AM #27
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Jeff Dowler, CRS thank you so much! You just sparked an idea, I'll email this to our database next week. Thank you for causing that lightbulb to go off!

Dec 07, 2018 04:42 AM #28
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This is timely information to share with pet owners.

Dec 07, 2018 05:04 AM #29
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Amanda, great post and is very timely for homeowners to remember what NOT to give our pets.

Dec 07, 2018 06:39 AM #30
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Amanda S. Davidson - Pet owners have a lot to take into consideration, especially during the holidays and you provided some excellent tips for pet safety!

Your post? Outstanding!!!

Dec 08, 2018 05:00 AM #31
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Hello Amanda,  Great information for pet owners to be reminder of doing the holidays.

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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI they sure do! Have to make sure every member of the family is safe and sound. Thank you!

 

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Hi Amanda,
Great tips for pet owners... and, for that matter, young children.  My granddaughter is coming tomorrow with her 3 month old baby.  My house is NOT baby proof, which probably isn't a problem at her age... but as she gets older I'm going to have to rethink my decor.

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What wonderful tips, Amanda! After having three gatherings in my home last week for the holidays, I wanted to see if I passed the test so, I read all of your tips again!

Well, funny but, the first night, we found Charlotte (the cat) lying on the coats that some of the guests had put on our bed! She didn't hurt anything or get into anything but, I was horrified that she may have shed on their coats! Thankfully, she hadn't! 

The next parties, the bedroom door was closed! ;-)

Dec 10, 2018 08:20 PM #35
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Carol Williams you're right about young children too. Once she's mobile she'll be into everything!

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Debe Maxwell, CRS Queen Charlotte spotted the comfy coats and made them her throne! I can't say I blame her and I wouldn't even mind if she shed on my coat. Anyone that comes to my house knows they're going to leave with some dog hair lol!

 

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