Preparing For the Holiday Season

It is going to happen, and we all know it; snowfall. Missouri winters are something to either look forward to or approach with extreme dread. We here at Wayside try to make the holiday season enjoyable for our waifs while they are in our care. We decorate the shelter, and invite volunteers and staff to participate in fun activities with our animals. We want to provide some helpful winter tips for bracing the cold, and preparing for the big holiday gathering!

1. Check your pets’ microchip information, and update their tags.

We know we always use this one, but it is important for owners to always keep tabs on their pets’ identification. Winter is a common season for people to lose their animals, and having correct phone numbers and chip information will allow them to be found easier and quicker.

2. Check under the hood of your car for cats!

If you park your car outside, chances are a cat sneaks under the hood at night for warmth. If you go to drive, always check by the tires, and any place you think a tiny animal can fit. Believe me, it is possible for them to find areas you might not think of.

3. Wipe their paws after going outside for any reason.

Now is the time of year when we salt the pavement, and other chemicals such as antifreeze, or de-icers are used. If an animal were to ingest these, it could bring on severe illness, or even crack their paws. Just doing a quick swipe with a towel does the trick!

4. Pay attention to your dog’s ability in the snow.

Some dogs, like Huskies, are able to withstand the cold for longer periods of time than others. That does not mean you have to skip their walks, but they might need to be shorter. Short hair, thin, elderly, or young pups are more susceptible to getting cold quicker.

5. Be prepared for any kind of emergency.

The cold weather can bring severe winter storms, including power outages, and snow-ins. It is best to stock up on emergency kit items so you can always be prepared. Having a first-aid kit handy is always a good thing too! Items like flashlights, candles, extra food, blankets, and water are some of the important things to have handy during those power outages.

Now we will share some holiday tips!

1. Choose your decorations wisely.

It is no secret that cats love shiny, crinkly, and colorful toys. Well, ornaments and decorations look exactly like a toy to them! Some dogs even enjoy playing with stockings or the tree. Pick essential decor so you will not be angry it is broken, but also plan accordingly so it is out of reach.

2. Make sure the holiday party food is out of reach.

Some of those festive feasts have perfectly good snacks for pets, but to be safe, keep them in a safe, out of reach place to avoid any accidents or illnesses. A little turkey, and unsalted potatoes is perfectly okay for a holiday dinner for canines and felines!

3. Keep everyone happy during your family gathering.

While hosting a big party, make sure your guests know if your animals are prone to sneaking out any doors.  We would not want a loose animal in the cold! Also, think about dedicating a safe room for your animals if they are wary of big crowds. Then you will not have to worry about them, and they will not be stressed!

4. Stay away from dangerous holiday plants.

Mistletoe and holly are fun items to decorate with, but your animal might think of it as a toy. Accidentally ingesting these plants can be very harmful to them. It can cause severe illness, so it is best to avoid using them altogether.

5. When gift wrapping, be sure to keep your pet away. 

When gift wrapping, be sure to keep your pet away. Wrapping paper, string, plastic, or cloth could cause intestinal blockages. Scissors are another hazard, and they should be kept off floors or low tables.

Come visit us this Saturday, during our Open House, and meet Santa Paws!

Please visit us during our regular adoption hours as well!

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-8pm
  • Friday: CLOSED
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn J.

 


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