As pet owners head into the season of special gatherings, celebrations and holiday tidings, the North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA) reminds pet owners to protect their pets from ingesting chocolate and other unintended items, and not provide unsuitable special treats and meals to their pets.
Pet owners need to provide extra care and attention to their pet during this time of year, according to Dr. Ingmire, of Mokena Animal Clinic, near Chicago. “It is important to plan and consider our pets as we head into the holiday season. Our pets are certainly aware of this special time of the year and want to be a part of all of the celebrations. Without consideration of our pets, trouble and mischief can ensue. Even a well-behaved pet that feels slighted or confined during festivities may get into trouble that normally would not happen during other times of the year.” Dr. Ingmire recommends that all pet owners be mindful of the following:
· Do not provide any forms of chocolate
· Do not provide table scraps or foods not specifically prepared for our pets
· Secure or remove garbage and food scraps from the kitchen before sitting down to dine
· Adjust your pets’ feeding time to occur as you are serving dinner for special occasions and add a special pet treat as part of the pet meal
· Plan and provide short periods of special one-on-one time for walks and just providing focused attention during special occasions
· Our pets will adjust better to the additional activities taking place in the home, if a little bit of special attention is provided.
Good post, thank you Loran!
And we could do the same for our children.