Stomach-related conditions were most likely to send pets to the vet during the 2015 holiday season. Healthy Paws processed 5,100 stomach related claims for the 2015 holiday season, reimbursing an average of
"Our trouble-making kitty, Bert, was partial to curling ribbon," said Healthy Paws colleague
Bottom line: watch out for pine needles, tinsel, ornaments, and ribbon, as these goodies are just asking to be eaten! Even holiday plants like poinsettias, holly, and mistletoe are poisonous to cats and dogs, so keep them on shelves or opt for faux plants.
More commonly, dogs and cats are surrounded by tempting-but-toxic treats, such as chocolate, fruitcake, alcohol, and raisins. Avoid an emergency vet visit by supervising pets and keeping human food out of their reach. Try to keep pets out of the kitchen, where most of the holiday food prep happens.
Puppy and Kitty-Proofing Tips:
- When leaving pets home alone, restrict their roaming to a space free from decor or presents.
- A falling Christmas tree can seriously injure your cat or dog, so if you have a mischief-maker or tree-climber, stabilize the tree with additional hardware.
- Exercise caution with candles. A curious pet could end up with severe burns, or even knock the candle over with a wag of the tail and start a fire. Keep candles up on a shelf or only lit while you're in the room.
- While the holidays can be stressful for you, additional guests can stress your pet out too. Make sure visitors are aware that you take your pet's safety seriously. No sneaking snacks at the Christmas party, absolutely no sharing alcohol, and, should you have overnight guests, lock up their medications and personal products.
The most wonderful time of the year is also the most cluttered with safety dangers for curious pets. While pet insurance can help with expenses should the worst happen, being prepared for these possibilities can take that risk out of the equation.
About Healthy Paws Pet Insurance®
Healthy Paws is one of the leading pet insurance program providers in the
To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/preventing-the-preventable-keeping-pets-safe-during-the-holiday-season-300366804.html