Pets are a valuable part of many families, and if you are a family caregiver for an elderly adult who shares their life with a furry companion, it is important to keep them in mind when preparing for the holiday season. This pet can make celebrating the holidays even more fun and enjoyable for your parents, but there are many dangers that can put the pet at risk. Being aware of these dangers allows you to make changes and preparations that will keep the pets safer throughout the season.
Some safety tips for pets during the Christmas season include:
- Make sure their Christmas tree is properly anchored so a pet does not climb into it or knock it over.
- Use unbreakable Christmas ornaments so they do not shatter if they fall. This protects pets from cuts to their paws.
- Do not allow animals to drink out of the tree stand.
- Do not keep live poinsettias, holly, or mistletoe in the home during the holiday season. All of these are extremely poisonous to animals and can have fatal results if even a small amount is consumed.
- Do not feed pets table scraps during the holiday feast. Changing their diet can be detrimental to their digestive well-being, and some of the favorite foods eaten during the holidays, including onions, yeast dough, and turkey skin, can be detrimental and even dangerous.
- Do not decorate with tinsel. This can get caught in a pet’s digestive tract, resulting in serious illness or even death.
- Never place real candles where an animal can get near them. Remember animals can jump or knock into things, potentially coming into contact with the candle, or causing it to fall and cause a fire.
- Avoid toys and decorations with button batteries. If a pet chews on one of these items and consumes the battery, it can corrode inside their throat or stomach and lead to death.
- If you are welcoming guests, make sure the pet has a quiet, isolated place to go where they can feel safe and secure.
- Make sure all guests know the rules regarding the pets going outside so no one inadvertently lets out a strictly indoor pet.
Elderly care providers can make it possible for your aging parent to get the tremendous benefits of owning a pet. Many studies have shown that pet ownership can be exceptionally beneficial for a senior, including reducing stress, lowering anxiety, controlling blood pressure, reducing depression and isolation, supporting physical well-being, and more.
An elderly home care services provider can be with your parent to help them manage the challenges and limitations I can make it more difficult for them to care for their pets. This can include reminding them to feed and water the pets, providing mobility support while walking the pet, helping them to play with and engage with a pet and more.
If you or a loved one are considering Elderly Care Services near Columbia PA, contact the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Lancaster. Call today at (717) 205-2174.
A long-time resident of Lancaster County, Mary Lynne enjoys spending time with her husband Terry, and their 3 horses and collies. The countless hours of caring for her client and employee-based “family” at work and at home can truly depict the selfless character of Mary Lynne Heller. Mary Lynne is a Google Verified Author
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