Pet owners can help prevent holiday disaster with PetPace tips and lifesaving technologyBURLINGTON, Mass. – Experts from PetPace, an innovative health monitoring smart collar for dogs and cats, especially those that are sick, aging or obese, are cautioning pet owners of the potential dangers to pets during Thanksgiving festivities. During the holiday season, pets face a variety of new threats to their health. Holiday parties, toxic foods, seasonal decorations, travel and changes in daily routines can all have a harmful and even fatal impact on cats and dogs. Veterinarians and pet health experts from PetPace are urging pet owners to take the following precautions to keep their pet safe during the holiday season.
- Avoid Toxic Treats- Common holiday foods like turkey, fatty meats, bones, onions, grape products, yeast dough, raw eggs or batter, chocolate and sugar-free confections with the artificial sweetener xylitol should be kept away and out of reach from pets. These foods can cause a range of harmful conditions in pets, including choking, irritation or blocking of digestive tracts, pancreatitis, salmonella, bloating, painful gas, vomiting and even death.
- Secure Trash Receptacles- Often times, opportunistic pets can track down leftover food sitting on a counter or deposited into a trash can. Items like turkey caucuses, food wrappers, strings and paper products can seem like food to a hungry cat or dog. Pet owners should always make sure all trash is secured in a covered, tightly secured trash bag placed in a closed trash container.
- Decorate with pets in mind- As Thanksgiving and other holiday decorations go up, it is important to consider the potential dangers they may pose to curious pets. Items like candles, plastic or glass decorative ornaments, electric cords and even certain kinds of plants should be placed out of reach or properly secured.
- Party Precautions- Having visitors for holiday celebrations can be exciting, however it may upset shy or less sociable pets. Keeping pets in a safe, confined area with their favorite toy during large holiday gatherings can greatly reduce their emotional stress and prevent escape through frequently opening exterior doors.