The holidays can be a fun time to celebrate with friends and family, but it can be stressful when you need help caring for your pets. Just like our human brethren, pets get excited to see their friends and family and they tend to get into trouble as well.
If you want to keep your pets safe this holiday season, take a look at these tips and remember that you can adjust each idea to suit your situation.
Top 5 Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe During the Holidays
It is important to ensure your pets are safe during the holidays, and common knowledge suggests that you:
1. Make sure your pets have space to themselves in the house.
2. Keep your pets indoors if possible.
3. Make sure your pets are not left alone in the car, irrespective of the situation.
4. Keep your pets on a flea and tick prevention medication.
5. Make sure your pets are wearing a collar (or have a chip) with their name and contact information.
While these five tips are just the beginning of helping your pets enjoy the holiday season, they’re the best place to start because the season is busy, you’re likely traveling, and guests will be in and out of the house often.
Keeping Pets Safe While Traveling
As you’re packing to head out of town, there are a few things you should keep in mind to make sure your pet is safe while you’re away.
- Remove collars and tags if your pet tends to try to remove them. Pets that can handle a collar should have them loosened for their own safety.
- Is your pet up to date on their rabies vaccine? This is a popular time for woodland creatures to attempt to enter your home, and you want your pets to be protected.
- Hire a reputable pet sitter with whom you can communicate at any time.
- If you prefer to monitor the house, use your home security system’s app or install cameras so that you can check in on your furry friends.
Protecting Pets From Cold Weather
While many pets don’t need to worry about cold weather, it’s best to prepare your home for what could be a harsh winter. Every family is different (as is every pet,) but these tips will help keep your pets comfortable and your home warm. –
- Set your thermostat to a reasonable temperature so that the house never gets too cold.
- Keep pets inside (if at all possible) when the temperature is near or below freezing.
- Always keep your pet on a leash while outside so you can keep them away from freezing water, ice, or snowbanks.
- Ensure that every pet’s water dish is in a warmer part of the house so the water they drink isn’t too cold for their system.
- If pets must go outside, buy them a sweater or jacket that will help them stay warm.
Contact Cormarc Insurance for More Information on Pet Safety and Home Insurance
Reach out to our team at Cormarc Insurance for pet safety tips and home insurance support. This holiday season can get really busy, and we recommend that you get your pets lots of extra love because they might feel a bit left out as you welcome guests or travel. Taking these tips to heart can make the whole family happy this holiday season and even make the arrival of Santy Paws that much more exciting for your pets.