If you’re like so many families during the holiday season, that special time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s seems like one endless get-together of friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers.

Since holiday gatherings won’t be stopping any time soon, being prepared can come in handy. If you’re planning on hosting a gathering at your own home this year, you’ll naturally want to make it a safe event for your pets. That’s where our pet party safety tips come in!

Is Your Pet Ready?

Before you open your doors to 30 of your best friends or all 40 of your aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews, ask yourself if your pet is ready for all of the commotion. Social pets can make a party more enjoyable, whereas shy, timid, or anxious pets may find the situation overwhelming.

Whether your pet is a party animal or a bit of a wallflower, make sure they have a place to escape to, if and when necessary. Choose an out-of-the-way room and fill it with your pet’s favorite things such as their bedding, fresh water, healthy treats, and their favorite toys. If you don’t have a “safe room” for your dog or cat or aren’t sure if they would be happy there, consider boarding them with us during the event by booking ahead. We are proud to provide excellent care for your four-legged friends while you’re celebrating the season!

Pet Party Safety

If you decide to include your pet in the festivities, keep our pet party safety tips in mind:

  • Watch your pet closely when doors are being opened and closed. Even a well-behaved pet can slip outside during the commotion of guests coming and going, so make sure your pet is wearing a collar with current ID tags and that their microchip is up-to-date. If you haven’t had your pet microchipped yet, call us for more details.
  • Don’t feed table scraps to your pet, and make sure guests don’t either. Common party foods such as chocolate, alcohol, xylitol (a sweetener), onions/garlic, grapes/raisins, and fatty foods such as poultry skin can be very dangerous for pets.
  • Make sure to clean up leftover food and drinks right away to prevent an accidental pet poisoning. Non-food items such as plastic wrap or aluminum foil used to cover food, skewers, or corn cobs can also pose a risk of choking or intestinal obstruction, and should be put in a covered garbage bin immediately after use.

Please let your team at Huntington Veterinary Hospital know if you have any additional questions regarding pet holiday party safety.