Going into the holiday season as a new pet owner is full of thrills. Bringing your pet to their first holidays feast, taking them to see Santa for the first time, or even going shopping together are among the many things excited newbies look forward to. While we want you and your newly adopted pet to enjoy all the season has to offer, without an eye on holiday pet safety, your four-legged friend could find themselves in trouble.
Fragrant gravy ladled over a steaming mound of mashed potatoes, crisp and golden turkey skins, vibrantly colored cranberry sauce that’s both sweet and tart. If your mouth is watering just thinking about a traditional holiday meal, you can imagine how excited your pet becomes when his or her heightened senses picks up on the aromas of the Thanksgiving and other winter holiday dinners.
It’s tempting to slip a morsel or two to a begging pet, or to nod off after a big meal before putting away the leftovers or taking out the trash, but we can be sure that our pets haven’t overlooked any of these temptations. As delicious as our holiday foods are, some of them pose serious risks to our pets.
Before the holiday season is in full swing is the perfect time to bone up on the principles of food safety for pets.