Safety Tips for a Pet Friendly Hanukkah

Hanukkah, the festival of lights, is a wonderful time to spend and celebrate with family and friends.  With eight nights of festivities, it’s important to take precautions in keeping your fur family safe and happy.

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2 of our founding dogs, Schnitzel and Pepper, are ready for their Hanukkah celebration! 

Keep The Menorah Out of Paw’s Reach

The menorah is one of the most important traditions of Hanukkah.  Many families choose to make their Menorah the centerpiece of their dinner table. After dinner is over they leave the  room while the candles burn down. The burning candles can be dangerous for both humans and their pets. Lots of pet’s love to check tables for forgotten scraps and can easily knock down the burning candles, causing a fire.

A great safe solution are  battery-operated candles. They can come in many shapes, colors and sizes, and will save you a trip to the store every year for refills. If you prefer flame-lit candles , it is important to place the menorah at unreachable heights or in a room that is pet-free and not close to flammable items.

No sharing the Hanukkah Feast!

Hanukkah dishes toxic for pets, what to give my pet during hanukkah

There are many traditional foods that are served during the eight nights of Hanukkah. Although we want to include our pets in all of our favorite treats and traditions, they are not safe and sometimes even toxic for pets.  Latkes (potato pancakes are fried in oil and contain onions, which can poison your best friend.  Super popular and delicious sufganiyots (jelly doughnuts) are full of sugar and a hard NO for pups.

When celebrating Hanukkah, keep dogs and cats away from the kitchen.  Also, make sure to tell your guests not to share their leftovers with your pets, as they can be quite dangerous to their health. Keep all human food and leftovers out of pets’ reach, and  secure your trash.



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