Any holiday can be particularly risky for pets. St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, knowing how to keep your pets safe is important before any festivities begin.
Guarantee Pet Safety This St. Patrick’s Day
Here are five considerations to take before the green beer gets passed around:
If you’re cooking dinner for friends and family, ask that Fido not be given any table scraps. Dogs are prone to pancreatitis, and the disease is potentially fatal. Pancreatitis can be caused by the ingestion of fatty foods like corned beef, ham and roast. If you believe that your friends and family won’t be able to resist slipping your dog a tidbit or two, keep your dog locked in another room during meal time. Find here a listing of foods your dog should never eat.
Shy Dogs on St. Patrick’s Day
Shy dogs can get stressed during parties and gatherings. If you have a dog that would rather sit with its favorite family member than be the life of the party, put it in a bedroom or a crate in a room far from the party. Stress can induce vomiting and diarrhea. You don’t want to have to make a trip to the vet because your shy dog grew too anxious.
Kids and Pets on on St. Patrick’s Day
Even if you have children, your pets may not be friendly towards children outside of the family. Additionally, you can’t be sure that any children that you welcome into your home know how to be respectful of pets. No child should be permitted to interact with your pets without adult supervision. This will keep both your pets and the children safe.
Pets Afraid of Loud Noises on St. Patrick’s Day
Do you have pets that are afraid of loud noises? Consider asking your veterinarian for ideas on how to keep your pets calm during the party. Your veterinarian may recommend a Thundershirt, a pheromone collar, a pheromone diffuser, or your veterinarian may even suggest a prescription medication. These things all work differently for different pets; your veterinarian will have the best idea of what will work best for your particular pets.
Alcohol is dangerous for pets. It doesn’t matter if you give your cat a thimble of whiskey or your dog a shot glass of beer, alcohol and pets never mix. If you have friends whom you know will be tempted to share their libation with your pooch, keep your animal locked away. Even a small amount of alcohol can be toxic to your pet. Find here a listing of Poisonous Foods for Dogs.
The holidays can be a fun time for friends and family to gather together and celebrate. Unfortunately, your pets may not find the occasion as enjoyable. If you will be hosting any type of party this St. Patrick’s Day, remember to keep your pets’ mental and physical health in mind. Check out these beautiful Irish Dogs: Irish Dog breeds in the Spotlight for St. Patrick’s Day!