As your go-to veterinarian in Raleigh, we wanted to drop by with some last minute holiday tips to remember as we head into Christmas eve!
Over the past few weeks, we have shared some great tips on holiday food safety for pets and how to safely decorate for the holidays with pets, and today we wanted to write a quick last minute post to share some last minute general tips to remember over the next few days to keep your furry family members safe and happy.
Veterinarian in Raleigh Shares Last Minute Holiday Tips to Remember
- Make note of the telephone number and address of your local Raleigh emergency vet clinic and keep it in an accessible location just in case you need it! Our veterinarians in Raleigh work very hard year round and although they will be celebrating the holidays with their own families over the next couple of days, our incredible friends at multiple emergency veterinary clinics will be working to provide for veterinary emergencies.
- Also, take note of the ASPCA Pet Poison hotline telephone number – 1-888-426-4435 – and keep it in an easily accessible place. They will be available to answer any questions that you may have about your pet ingesting any questionable items over the next few days.
- If you plan on having guests over for the holidays make sure that your pet has a safe area of the home where they can retreat for peace if they want to escape the busyness of your gathering.
- If your pet does not do well with visitors or if your visitors have children and your pet is not used to children, it is best to secure your pet in an area of the house where they can be away from the party.
- If children will be attending any of your holiday gatherings who are familiar with pets, don’t get lax. Make sure to monitor your pet at ALL times and never leave them alone with children. If children at your gathering are not familiar with pets and you have any doubts about their ability to interact safely with an animal, secure your pet in a safe area of the home or arrange for your pet to stay with a pet sitter, friend, or family member.
- While preparing food and while eating, be sure that you have taken out the trash or secured it in an area where your pets cannot get into it. Many incidences of foreign obstructions, upset tummies, and poisoning, are the result of pets getting into the trash that has been left where pets can get into it and the smell of holiday food is just too much to resist even for well-behaved pets!
- If you are going to be traveling with your pet for the holidays, contain them safely in a crate or carrier or using a pet-safe car harness so that they are safe in the event of an accident.
- Make sure that you pack for your pet and include everything they will need even if you are just traveling for the day. Remember to take any food, treats, or medication they might need!
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