2021 Holiday Pet Safety Tips

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The holiday season is upon us.  While the holidays are a time for family and friends, they can also be an important time to prioritize safety for our pets. Read below for the top safety tips for the 2021 holiday season, as well as some surprising statistics pet owners may want to keep in mind.

3 Tips for a Safer Pet Holiday Season

1. Wipe Paws Down

If you plan on taking your dog outside, remember that ice-melts can contain chemicals that irritate your dog's paws. Meanwhile ice, and snow can get caught between pads. Make sure to wipe their paws down!

2. Consider Grabbing a Sweater

The Holidays can get cold. Sub-freezing temperatures, wind and snow are enough to make any pet chilly. Consider keeping a pet sweater on hand to keep your pet nice and warm this holiday season.

3. Careful with Electricity

Holiday ornaments, sparkling trees, and LED lights can entice pets. However, livewires and electrical outlets are nothing to play with! Taping down loose wires and ensuring electrical gadgets are safely tucked away is a good idea.

Holiday Items that Can be Dangerous for Pets:

  • Sharp or glass ornaments
  • Loose electrical wires
  • Tinsel and other decorations
  • Candles or open flames
  • Christmas trees
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Plants such as mistletoe and holly
  • Potpourris left on the table
  • Batteries and empty toy boxes

What to do in a Medical Emergency if your Vet is Closed

Observe your pet for any signs of sickness, fatigue or poisoning. Call your vet- there may be a recorded message of steps to take in an emergency. Call the National Animal Poison Control Center 24/7 at (888) 426-4435. Find your nearest emergency veterinary hospital and safely transport your pet.

Protect Your Pets with a Pet Insurance Policy

Having an active pet insurance policy can help make sure your pet is protected from accidents, injuries, and illnesses this holiday season.2  MetLife Pet Insurance1 is proud to offer our pet parents peace of mind.  Not just this holiday season- but all year round.

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Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances.  


1Pet Insurance offered by MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company (“IAIC”), a Delaware insurance company, headquartered at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, and Metropolitan General Insurance Company (“MGIC”), a Rhode Island insurance company, headquartered at 700 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI 02886, in those states where MGIC’s policies are available. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is the policy administrator authorized by IAIC and MGIC to offer and administer pet insurance policies. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC was previously known as PetFirst Healthcare, LLC and in some states continues to operate under that name pending approval of its application for a name change. The entity may operate under an alternate, assumed, and/or fictitious name in certain jurisdictions as approved, including MetLife Pet Insurance Services LLC (New York and Minnesota), MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions Agency LLC (Illinois), and such other alternate, assumed, or fictitious names approved by certain jurisdictions.


2Provided all terms of the policy are met. Application is subject to underwriting review and approval. Like most insurance policies, insurance policies issued by IAIC and MetGen contain certain deductibles, co-insurance, exclusions, exceptions, reductions, limitations, and terms for keeping them in force. For costs, complete details of coverage and exclusions, and a listing of approved states, please contact MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC.

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