Australia Day Festivities
Pet Insurance Australia is putting out a timely warning to help pet owners keep their pets safe this Australia Day.
“It’s that wonderful time of year when we prepare to celebrate everything that makes this amazing country so special,” Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia says. “However, it is also important that people take the time to consider some safety tips when it comes to their pets.”
It isn’t uncommon to hear of pets going missing over this holiday festivity or becoming the victim of an accidental poisoning or unforeseen medical problem.
“With so much happening over this great holiday, taking a few minutes to consider the household pet can prevent many accidents and issues occurring.”
- Keep gates securely closed and put up signs reminding guests to shut gates and doors.
- Make a safe area/room for your pet and keep them safe when you are unable to 100% supervise.
- Remove all rubbish and food scraps and secure in bins with lids.
- Remind your guests the ‘safe’ way to treat your pets.
- If your pet suffers from fireworks anxiety prepare a safe room with music, bedding, water and a few favourite toys.
- Keep cats indoors for the night in a secure location.
- If you cannot be with your pets, consider using a boarding facility.
“Foods can become a problem particularly discarded cooked bones and skewers,” Crighton warns. “So, ensure you dispose of these quickly and efficiently, dogs are master scavengers and will do anything to get into a bag full of tasty leftovers.”
Other dangerous foods include: avocados, raisins and currents, cooked bones, walnuts and macadamia nuts, grapes, mushrooms, caffeine, chocolate, xylitol (in sugar-free products), onions. If you suspect poisoning contact your local emergency veterinarian immediately.
Food poisoning and bone ingestion is also an issue during this time of year and people are urged to be diligent when it comes to leaving sugary foods, fatty foods, and alcohol in reach of pets.
“It’s a great idea to have a ‘safe room’ or ‘pet area’ to put your pet, during large gatherings,” Crighton suggests. “This way you can be sure that your pet will be safe from all of the possible scenarios that could lead to you spending the evening at a vet hospital in an emergency situation.”
Many pets are also terrified of fireworks that come hand-in-hand with this wonderful celebration.
“If you do have a pet that suffers from this type of anxiety chat to your local vet about how you can help ease your pets discomfort,” Crighton says. “There are a large range of products on the market, from special suits to diffusers and collars that can help relax your pet during high anxiety times.”
Being prepared will help you, and your beloved pet, enjoy the great holiday without the stress or worry.
“If you are not going to be at home during the festivities consider boarding your pet in a trusted establishment for peace-of-mind.”