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With the holiday season in full swing, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is encouraging pet owners to celebrate responsibly by following six easy steps to help keep their pets healthy and safe.

Happy Stomachs: Avoid Feeding People Pet Food

Unfortunately, pets cannot enjoy the same foods that humans do. Fatty foods (such as turkey/turkey skin, meat fat, and broth) can cause pancreatitis – even when eaten in small amounts. Additionally, chocolate, grapes/raisins, onions, and xylitol (an artificial sweetener found in many candy and chewing gum) can be toxic to pets; Bones can cause wounds and disease.

Avoid temptations: keep holiday decorations out of reach

Sparkling ornaments, ornaments, and lights not only make a beautiful display, but also catch the eye of our pets. If these things are ingested, they may cause an intestinal blockage or other injury. Make sure these items are out of their reach, along with candles, potpourri, and some festive flowers/plants – such as mistletoe, holly, and poinsettias.

Look no further: Make sure your pets are correctly identified

With all of the holiday activities, it can be easy for pets to sneak in and get lost. Ensure pets have their pet tags and microchips up-to-date with current contact information to ensure they can be quickly reunited with their owners.

Evacuated to take off: make sure your pet is travel friendly

If you are traveling with your pets, different states, states, commercial carriers, and even accommodation facilities can have additional requirements for your pets to accompany you. Talking to your vet can help you determine the steps or documents that may be required to make sure your pet is ready to go. More resources can also be found on the USDA’s Pet Travel website.

Decompress and decompress: create a quiet space for your pets

Holiday celebrations can be noisy and overly stimulating for pets. It is important to have a quiet place to go if they are getting too stressed. Also, keep the room full of food, water, a litter pan, etc., if they want to keep their distance for a long time.

Spread Only Joy: Keep pets away if you are sick

Sometimes when we get sick, our pets can get sick too – especially with COVID-19. In Michigan, both a cat and a dog have been confirmed to be infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19 in humans. Both animals became ill through close contact with their owners after contracting COVID-19.

If you or a loved one suspects you have COVID-19 or tests positive, protect your pets by avoiding direct contact with them. Or if you are infected with the emerging coronavirus and need to take care of a pet, it is recommended to wear a mask and wash your hands before and after handling them. More instructions can be found on the Centers for Disease Control’s website.

If you think your pet is sick, please contact your vet.

Following these tips can help your pets stay playful and safe this holiday season. If there are any concerns about your pets’ health now or after the holiday, please speak to your veterinarian.

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