Holiday pet adoption can also be top of mind this season, but before giving or receiving the gift of Fido this holiday season make sure you are ready to care for a new pet. Adopting a pet from the 7.6 million animals that enter shelters and rescues each year is a great way to give back, but only if you, your family and your home are prepared to do so.
To truly pet-proof your home, start by getting down on the floor to see the world the way your pet sees it. This allows you to spot potential hazards that you might not notice from your vantage point.
· Treat your Pet like you would a Child: Active puppies and kittens can easily get into dangerous situations. Use safety gates in areas where dangerous holiday items are to prevent your pet from getting into trouble.
· Take Caution with Wires: Pets can easily injure themselves with electrical wires
and outlets. Use caution when hanging up holiday lights on trees and
around the house. Secure all electrical cords and outlets and keep your
dog in areas
of your home where cords cannot be accessed.
· Avoid Holiday Plants: Plants can be poisonous for pets, so be cautious when placing holiday wreaths,
flowers and plants around the house where your dog can easily access them.
· Candles: Lit candles pose a serious threat to both your dog and your home. Keep your dog away from candles because they can easily be knocked down creating a fire hazard.
· Hide the Trash Can: A hyper puppy can easily knock over a trash can and spread garbage and bacteria throughout your home. In addition, dogs can choke on hazardous items so be sure to properly dispose of all holiday wrapping and keep it out of your dog’s reach.
· Utilize a Sofa Cover: To avoid fur on your loveseat, use a seat or slipcover to avoid a mess before guests arrive.
· Be Careful with Fruit and Candy Baskets: Holiday treats will inevitably be present during this season, but grapes (and raisins), chocolate and other holiday treats are actually deadly for dogs. Candy wrappers can also be threatening to your dog, so be sure to throw away all wrappers in a place where your dog can’t get to them.