Decorations are one of the most fun parts of holidays. With their bright colors, they provide joy to us. However, this may not be as fun to some as it is to us. Decorations are risky for pets as the bright colors can easily attract your pets to accidentally swallow them. To prevent this, you can take a few precautions, but we noticed that only a few people are aware of them. That’s why throughout this article, we will go through objects to keep out of reach, like plants, unsafe food, trees, and decorations, and how Atlanta Property Inspection can help.
Although plants make up a big part of the holiday tradition, certain plants can be dangerous for your pets. Poinsettia, Holly and Mistletoe, Pine trees, and Amaryllis are some of these. Poinsettia ingestion or exposure can cause vomiting, drooling, diarrhea, and dermal and eye irritation. Holly and Mistletoe carry toxins so that they can cause gastrointestinal problems, low blood pressure, and breathing problems. Pine trees are especially dangerous for cats, and their results can be fatal if ingested. Finally, Amaryllis can cause salivation, vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, abdominal pain, lethargy, and tremors.
Holidays are the time for gatherings and parties, so naturally, there are lots of fruits, beverages, chocolates, nuts, and other snacks. Since there are lots of people in the house, naturally, things spill and end up on the floor, and as a homeowner, it’s hard to take notice of all those things in the middle of the rush. Unfortunately, consumption of most of these items can cause severe reactions in pets and can even be lethal. So, you can keep your pets away from the food areas through physical barriers or avoid risky food in the first place. Additionally, monitor their behavior throughout the day to see if everything is alright.
Many pets take an interest in big shiny objects, so Christmas trees obviously are very attractive for them. To prevent the choking risk, you can put a barrier around the tree, prevent using small decorations, and don’t leave any wrapping paper on the floor. Finally, to prevent any electric shocks, secure the wires of the Christmas lights somewhere unreachable by your pets.
Throughout this article, we tried to cover the main things to be careful of when you want to pet-proof your home for the holidays. From the steps, you should be able to see that there are too many expectations for you to consider to get your pets safe. And these are just the basic steps. However, we ensure you save your energy and time on these considerations at Atlanta Property Inspection. With over 25 years of experience in this industry, we know exactly what you need. With our modern equipment, professional home inspectors, dedication, and affordable services, your pets have never been safer on holidays. Call us today to learn more about us and our home inspection services or how you can try pet-proofing your house for the holidays.