For all our Jewish furr-iends celebrating Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, Happy at Home offers these quick tips to ensure your pets remain safe during the eight-day celebration.

• To avoid your pet being burned or causing a fire hazard, confine them away from the room containing the lit Menorah.

• Keep holiday game pieces, such as the dreidel, out of paw’s reach from your pet to avoid accidental ingestion.

• Likewise, keep chocolate gold coins in a location that cannot be accessed by your pet(s). Not only can the theobromine and caffeine in the chocolate be toxic to your pets, the shiny foil wrapper can also cause intestinal issues if digested.

• Hanukkah treats, like latkes and sufganiyot (doughnuts), should also be kept away from pets. Ingestion could lead to a variety of gastrointestinal issues, including vomiting and diarrhea. Also, some ingredients can have even more dangerous consequences. The onions in latkes, for example, can cause Heinz body anemia in both cats and dogs.

Should any of the nightly celebrations keep you away from home during your pet’s typical walk or potty-break time, call us! We’d love to help you out while you celebrate the holidays.