VCA Hawaii shares tips to keep your pet safe this holiday season

Keep pets away from hazardous food and decorations

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The holidays are upon us, and while many of us want to take part in the festivities, it’s important to pay special attention to our furry friends so they don’t get into any trouble. HI Now host Kanoe Gibson is at VCA Kaneohe with Dr. Michael King with some tips for pet owners.

The holidays are all about food, but it’s critical to keep people food away from your pets. If you want to share some holiday treats with them, buy or make some formulated just for pets. Foods like chocolate, sweets and baked goods, table scraps, and grapes are all hazardous for our pets.

It’s also important to keep pets away from dangerous holiday decor. Greenery, lights and Christmas trees can make the holidays festive, but they also pose risky temptations for our pets. Keep your furry friends away from ornaments, tinsel, electric lights, candles, and even flowers and festive plants.

When it comes to New Year’s Eve fireworks, make sure your pets have identification tags with up-to-date information. If your pets aren’t already microchipped, talk with your veterinarian about microchipping. This simple procedure can greatly improve your chances of getting your pets back if they become lost.

It can also be a good idea to leave your pets at home when you go to parties, fireworks displays, parades and other gatherings. Loud fireworks, unfamiliar places and crowds can all be very frightening to pets, and there’s great risk of pets becoming spooked and running away. Consider putting your pets in a safe, escape-proof room or crate during parties and fireworks. Also remember to keep sparklers, glow sticks, fireworks, charcoal away from curious pets. If you’re travelling, consider leaving your pets at home with a pet sitter or boarding them in a kennel.

About VCA Hawaii:
VCA Hawaii strives to provide the very best in medical care, and the hospitals provide a full range of general, surgical and specialized care. This is how VCA Hawaii veterinarians would treat their own pets, and it offers nothing less than that to you and your pet. VCA Hawaii understands your pets are a big part of your family and will be there for you every step of the way when it comes to your pets’ health.

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