Seattle, WA (PRWEB) December 20, 2011
For many people, Christmas is a time to spend quality time with family, and that includes furry family members. But gatherings around the Christmas tree and delicious meals eaten around the table can also create some safety concerns for pets. Trupanion, North America’s fastest growing pet insurance provider, today released a list of the top ways pet owners can help keep their pets safe during the Christmas holiday.
Beware of Bones – Bones from turkeys, geese, game hens and other traditional main courses of Christmas dinner have dangerous effects when in the mouths of dogs and cats. Cooked bones especially can splinter and break, causing serious internal injury. Never intentionally give bones to dogs and cats, and make sure they don’t have access to them when stored or thrown away.
Restrict Other Table Scraps – It can be very tempting to share Christmas meals with pets as a way to include them in the festivities. But fatty table scraps are not only unhealthy for dogs and cats, they can cause vomiting, diarrhea, panting, and excessive thirst. They can also lead to bloat, a life-threatening condition of the stomach. Make sure all guests know not to feed pets table scraps and make sure there isn’t easy access to tables or counters.
Discard Wrappings - The accidental ingestion of ribbon used to wrap gifts can cause bunching in the intestines and may require emergency surgery. Remember to clean up any wrapping supplies once gifts are wrapped and again after they are opened.
Keep Garbage Cans Contained – The trash is full of table scraps, foil, twine, and other waste that can be dangerous for pets. Crafty dogs and cats may be able to nose open cupboard doors when owners are distracted, so make sure garbage cans are well-secured.
Monitor Candles – Candles are a popular element to holiday decorating, but flames can easily find wagging tails and curious noses. Keep a close eye on open flames and never leave them unattended. When decorating, consider flameless candles, as they pose no danger.
Keep Sweets to Yourself - Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine, which are toxic to pets. Ingestion could lead to heart damage and central nervous system damage. Keep all sweets away from pets and remember to clean up candy wrappers.
Keep Alcohol Out of Reach - Even a small amount of alcohol is poisonous to pets. Make sure all bottles, cans, and glasses are kept out of pets’ reach and put away quickly after consumption.
Prepare Holiday Visitors – One of the best things about the holidays is a house full of loved ones, but all the added noise and energy can be stressful to family pets. Make sure to monitor the household pets to see how they react to all the commotion and take appropriate measures to keep them calm and safe.
Lock up Cleaning Supplies – Many people clean house when expecting company for the holidays and most of these supplies are very dangerous to pets. Make sure they are all securely locked and out of the way of curious noses.
Choose Flowers Carefully- If ingested, many flowers are harmful to pets. Lilies are particularly toxic to cats and tulips can cause stomach irritation, vomiting, and diarrhea. Display all flowers high on tables and countertops not easily accessible to cats and dogs.
If pets are exposed to any of the dangers listed above, they should see their veterinarian immediately. Holidays are most enjoyable when all members of the family – furry included – are happy and healthy. Being observant and taking a few added precautions will ensure a fun holiday for all.
For more holiday-related pet information, check out the infographic Pets and the Holidays developed by Trupanion.
Trupanion™ pet insurance offers cat insurance and dog insurance in the United States and Canada. Trupanion™ is self-underwritten by the American Pet Insurance Company, allowing Trupanion™ to offer a simple, customizable pet insurance policy with no payout limits and 90% coverage of veterinary bills. Enrolled pets receive lifetime coverage for diagnostic tests, surgeries, and medications if they get sick or are injured, with no incident, annual or lifetime limit. Trupanion’s mission is to deliver fast, simple and user-friendly financial support to pet owners. For more information about Trupanion™, call 800-569-7913 or visit Trupanion pet insurance.
About the North American Pet Health Insurance Association
Trupanion™ is a founding member of the North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA). Founded in 2007, the North American Pet Health Insurance Association is committed to educating and promoting the values and benefits of quality pet health insurance to North American pet owners, the general public, and the veterinary community. As an association, we are committed to high standards and transparency in all of our actions and products. To learn more, visit the North American Pet Health Insurance Association website at http://www.naphia.org.