No matter the season, it’s important to practice safe pet maintenance when it comes to large gatherings year-round. Hosting events can be stressful enough, but the added anxiety of wondering, “Hey, did you see the pig eat those flowers?” is the icing on a severely concerning cake. Between food, lights, plant, presents, and people, extra precautions must be taken to ensure your pet piggy’s health and wellbeing. Below, we have listed a few essential tips for keeping your beloved potbelly safe.
- Separate them from the party. You might be tempted to show off your adorable pet, but the noise and excitement can upset a pig. Even pigs who aren’t normally shy may exhibit shy or violent behavior when overwhelmed. Section off a bedroom for your pig to enjoy all by himself.
- Say no to confetti. Strings and strips of thrown confetti may become lodged in your pig’s intestine. If ingested, he might need surgery. It’s better to err on the side of caution.
- Say no to fireworks. If you live in a city or highly residential area, this is likely a no-brainer. Regardless, if there are fireworks occurring outside, they may upset your pig. Secure them in a safe, escape-proof room—especially on the 4th of July or New Year’s Eve.
- Unplug decorations. This is especially important for strands of Christmas tree lights. If your pet doesn’t recognize an electrical cord (i.e. if something new and seasonal shows up), he might bite down on it.
- Ensure your party guests understand your pig’s diet. Though considered to be the vacuum cleaner of pets, pigs should not eat scraps provided by people. Moreover, if you want to gift your pig a holiday treat, make or buy something pig-friendly.
- Know what is or isn’t poisonous. This is important for normal pig maintenance, but it is especially important around major events. Chocolate, alcohol, balsam, mistletoe, pine, and cedar are all highly toxic.