Pet Safety Awareness During the Holidays
By Carol Weemes, Animal Services
Posted on November 21, 2023, November 21, 2023

Pet Safety Awareness During the Holidays

The aroma and enticing presentation of foods, especially during the holidays, can tempt pets into harmful situations. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) offers Thanksgiving Safety Tips to help keep your furry friends safe.

Small pieces of thoroughly cooked, boneless and skinless Thanksgiving turkey may be shared in small portions, but the ASPCA recommends keeping pets on their regular diet during the holidays.

Winter holidays are fast approaching. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) offers Winter Holiday Pet Safety information to help plan in advance and 7 Ways to Make Holidays Safer for Pets.

It is important to have pets microchipped and to keep owner contact information for the chip current. Some pets may be accustomed to households full of extended family and guests coming and going during the holidays, but others can be shy or apprehensive about unfamiliar people. Consider keeping less socialized pets in a quiet area at home with a comfortable crate or bed with some soft music and toys to help them be less anxious during social gatherings.

More ASPCA information to help:

The ASCPA has an Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) hotline available 24/7 for animal poison-related emergencies, at 888-426-4435. A consultation fee may apply. Get additional APCC information here.

Interested in possibly adding a furry family member to your home? Visit our Available Pets site, or better yet, visit our Animal Services Center at 1000 SE Green Oaks Blvd. to meet with a furry friend in person. Visit our Animal Services website and our Facebook page for more information.

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