7 Must-Read Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

7 Must-Read Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

If you’re anything like most pet parents, the last thing you’d want to experience is an unexpected health issue involving your animal family member. But did you know that this time of year pets are generally at higher risk of health issues?

This is the reason why I’ve listed down seven (7) useful and practical pet safety tips you should keep in mind to ensure that your beloved pet won’t be in for some nasty surprises during the holiday season.

So without further ado, let’s kick off our discussion right away…


1. Don’t Let Them Get To The “People” Food.

dog staring at food on table

A sumptuous spread is no doubt one of the biggest traditions during this time of year. It’s not uncommon to see tasty delights like roast chicken, pumpkin pie, beef stew, fruitcake, latkes, green bean casserole, as well as sweet potatoes with marshmallows, among others, on the table ready to be enjoyed.

But the thing is it’s very important to make sure that your animal family member won’t be able to get access to these “people” foods since they could contain ingredients that are harmful to his body. Examples of these include chocolate, xylitol (a type of sugar substitute), garlic, cooked bones, onions, and chives.

And make sure you don’t give in no matter how much your pet begs. Apart from the possibility of being exposed to toxic compounds, your animal family member could also be at risk to injuries like gastrointestinal blockage and perforation should he ingest these foods.


2. Don’t Leave Alcoholic Drinks Unattended.

Dog Sitting at Table

Have a craving for cocktails such as the classic eggnog, sugar cookie martinis, or another drink of choice? While these beverages may be yummy treats for pet parents, it is the exact opposite for our pets.

This is because the ingestion of alcohol leads to very sudden dips in body temperature, blood pressure, and blood glucose levels in animals. In some cases where the amount of alcohol consumed by a dog or cat is quite significant, this can even lead to seizures, respiratory failure, coma, and even death.

It is crucial to constantly keep an eye on your glass when enjoying these drinks to prevent your pet from accidentally having a sip or two. Some baked treats like fruitcake can also contain alcohol, so make sure you keep them out of your fur baby’s reach, too.


3. Place Plants In Places Your Pet Won’t Reach.

cat near flower at kitchen countertop

There are certain plants that are popular this time of year like ivy, mistletoe, poinsettias, holly, as well as several varieties of lilies. But the thing is, these flora can set off a number of health issues such as diarrhea, stomach upsets, and even kidney problems when your pet unknowingly takes a bite out of them.

In case you’re planning to display these plants during the holiday season, make sure you place them in spots where your pet cannot easily get to them. Going for stable pots and containers that can’t easily be knocked over also helps a lot.

Moreover, if you’re looking to keep your beloved pet extra safe while having these plants on display, you can choose to get your hands on their plastic or silk counterparts. As an added bonus, they won’t wilt or lose their cheery shades easily, too.


4. Use Candles Sparingly or Go For Alternative Light Sources Instead.

Two cats lying on sofa at home

Candles can definitely add an extra dose of ambiance. Apart from giving off eye-catching illumination, candles are also often scented to match the occasion. Lighting one can easily make a room smell like cinnamon, cloves, gingerbread, pecan pie, and even roasted chestnuts.

On the other hand, candles can pose a risk to pets who can be attracted to the aroma they give off as well as their flickering lights. If you’ve already set your mind on using candles, remember to get your hands on proper candle holders that stay upright so long as they are laid down on a stable surface.

It is also crucial to always put out your candles when you get out of the room since leaving them unattended no matter how quick can potentially lead to disaster. Alternatively, you can go for battery-powered varieties that aren’t as dramatic, but still get the job done.


5. Give your pet a place to settle down.

 cat sleeping

Parties can be a bit noisy and hectic, which can possibly make even the sociable pet feel stressed and anxious. To avoid any untoward incidents like cat scratches and dog bites, make it a point to prepare a retreat for your pet in advance where he can head off to when the festivities get in full swing.

You can simply choose a quiet room, preferably far away from the party’s hustle and bustle, and stock up on everything your fur baby needs like food and water, a comfy bed, as well as a few toys.

Just to emphasize, your pet can still participate in the festivities. However, when you notice that he is already getting restless or agitated, bring him to his special room as soon as you can.


6. Store Presents Properly.

dog sitting on messy floor

Presents, particularly those that have colorful and unique-looking packaging, can easily attract pets. This attraction can possibly result in a sniff or two, an exploratory nudge, all the way to an excited bite.

And if the contents have any glass, plastic or metal parts, such as in the case of toys, it’s highly likely that your pet can chip his teeth or be at risk of some other injury while doing so. Same goes for items that contain batteries or thick game tiles.

The best way to prevent this from happening is to store your presents properly. You can either put them in an elevated spot where your fur baby can’t reach or set them aside in a sealed container away from your animal family member’s sights.


7. Remember To Keep Bags And Purses Off The Floor.

puppy holding a bag

With all the activity taking place all at once during parties, keeping a close eye on bags and purses can be rather tricky. And your pet could immediately snoop around if given the least amount of elbow room.

While this may sound surprising, bags and purses can possibly contain items that may be harmful to your animal family member like prescription medicines, chewing gum that has xylitol in it or chocolate candy bars.

Make it a point to have a designated storage area for bags and purses, preferably one that is elevated, to keep curious snouts at bay.

And while we’re on the subject of keeping your beloved pet safe during the holiday season, allow me to share one natural product you should consider including in your home pet care checklist…


A Natural Product That Will Help Your Pet’s Overall Immune System Health

Zumalka’s IMMUNOPET is designed to improve white blood cell count to help bolster your pet’s body’s resilience against numerous types of bacterial and viral infections, especially during the holiday season.

IMMUNOPET is also a homeopathic immunostimulant and contains many high-quality ingredients that support the immune system. Moreover, this natural product helps enable an increase in hemoglobin levels while acting as a purifier of blood and lymph nodes.

In a nutshell, IMMUNOPET supports the immune system, promotes a normal red and white blood cell count, as well as uses a chemical-free and gentle holistic approach to help you give your animal family member the quality of life you’ve always wanted.


A Final Word

Making sure your beloved pet enjoys a safe and fun time with you and your family or friends isn’t that tricky at all. You just have to remember these few simple tips to successfully pull the whole thing off.

In case you’re looking to learn more about keeping your precious pet healthy and happy using natural means, don’t forget to sign up for our FREE PRODUCT RECOMMENDATION GUIDANCE. Besides getting in on useful tips and recommendations, our team will also walk you through the products and treatment options that best fit your animal's health needs.

Suzie Cyrenne
Suzie Cyrenne


Suzie Cyrenne co-founded Zumalka over five years ago, and has worked in naturopathic pet medicine for more than six. Day-to-day, she works as the lead manager for the Zumalka staff and specializes in training the team to have thorough knowledge of pet health and the company’s extensive line of naturopathic remedies.

Suzie has gained a lot of experience from years spent in the pet health field and she earned her degree in Homeopathy at the School of Classical Homeopathy in Quebec, Canada, (a partner of the European Academy of Natural Medicine (AEMN) in France).

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