Pet Safety During the Holidays
Previously working at a veterinarian hospital I can tell you from experience, hospitals see more pets around the holidays than any other time of the year. With so much going on with the holidays, COVID and just life in general it’s easy to make a mistake when it comes to your pets well being. Since the holidays are fast approaching I wanted to share some holiday safety tips and preventative measures you can take to protect your pets and have a great holiday.
The Christmas Tree
How could something so beautiful and fun be so dangerous you ask? Well, I’ll tell you about a few personal experiences, don’t judge me. 🙂 About 5 or 6 years ago my husband and I had just finished decorating our tree, it was perfect, loaded with beautiful ornaments I’ve had since I was a child. The tree was up for maybe an hour before my two cats (Batman and Jaws) came barreling down the stairs playing chase. In an effort to get away from Jaws, my cat Batman jumped into the tree at full speed sending it first into the wall and then back down the other ways crashing into the ground. Luckily, my two cats weren’t injured. I can’t say the same for the tree and the ornaments. So, Rule #1, anchor your Christmas tree down. Aside from using a heavy base we now anchor it to the wall with a couple strands of fishing line as well. So far, so good!
Next up…Tinsel. Tinsel is beautiful, it looks great and gives the tree a wonderful shimmering look but it can be dangerous. Once again, I’ll tell you how from experience. Let me preface this by saying my cat Jaws will eat literally anything! He actually got the name Jaws by eating a full package of hotdogs off the kitchen counter as a kitten. When Jaws was about a year old, he ate an entire cat toy, you know, one of those squishy little balls cats love to fling around the house. Well, that cat toy got stuck in his intestines and after a $4,000 surgery and a few nights at Piper Memorial Hospital we got that toy (and Jaws) back in one piece.
This leads me to tinsel, wouldn’t you know, Jaws loves to eat tinsel too! One year I noticed Jaws had thrown up a few times, now cats occasionally throwing up isn’t anything new but I recognized something was definitely wrong. Upon inspection I noticed the tiniest shimmer coming from his cute little cat butt. Turns out he ate a lot of tinsel, so much so that if backed him up so badly we had to take another trip to the hospital to flush him out. Luckily this time around, he didn’t require surgery. After a few enemas Jaws was back in business. Rule #2, skip the Tinsel