Doctor issues warning about ‘dangerous’ Christmas lights pet trend

A doctor has shared a warning with pet owners. Newsweek possibly between “dangerous”. TikTok The trend in which people take their companion animals to see Christmas lights.

Dr Anna Foreman, in-house doctor at UK-based Everypaw Pet Insurance, issued the warning after the videos on the platform received millions of views.

In clips viewed by Newsweek, pet owners driving around Christmas lights with their pets in their cars. The videos are part of a wider trend as people across the US and beyond embrace the festive spirit.

Foreman commented on a particular video, which has more than 12.6 million views, uploaded by the sadietheoneeyedcat account. It shows the feline Sadie sitting in the front passenger seat as she and her owner drive around a Christmas attraction in Bowling Green, Southern Kentucky.

“I wouldn’t recommend following this trend – although visiting the Christmas lights with your cat may seem innocent, leaving them in the car for long periods of time can be dangerous, especially if they are anxious. Or not used to long car trips,” Foreman said. Newsweek.

“It’s important to remember that cats don’t have the consciousness to know it’s Christmas and won’t necessarily enjoy the changes, noise and activity of Christmas festivities such as visiting Christmas lights.

“Pet owners need to think very carefully about the potential consequences these viral trends can have on their beloved pets, as many may suffer psychological or physical harm.”

Newsweek There are many more cases of people taking their companion animals to visit such attractions.

A video by Texas TikToker lifewithpitbullstx shows a pit bull in the front seat of a car as the car passes several people. Christmas light display.

Throughout the video, the pit bull can be seen looking out the windows. Since being uploaded on December 1, the post has received an estimated 7.7 million views.

Another clip with the caption: “Take your dog to see the Christmas lights,” shows a golden retriever looking at the attraction through one of the rear passenger windows. Since being uploaded on December 3, the post has received 1.5 million views.

Foreman explained that there are several signs that indicate a pet is struggling. Discomfort with light indoors and outdoors.

“Pets that are uncomfortable or struggling to cope with a situation, such as a change Decorating the house around Christmastend to hide to distract themselves,” she added. “They can also become aggressive, especially if they feel trapped or surrounded – for example if an owner tells them something. Force them to stay in the situation or interfere with them while hiding.

“Every animal is different – those raised without exposure to noise and visual stimuli, as well as those not introduced to new people, animals and situations during their young lives (especially before 16 weeks of age), They are more likely to struggle to cope with unfamiliar situations and become fearful or anxious when encountering something new.

“For this reason, it is important to expose animals to new phenomena in a controlled and positive manner when they are young.

“Getting around the lockdowns and social distancing observed during COVID-19 was particularly difficult, and many pets were purchased during that time, leading to a breed of animals, especially dogs. have had difficulty coping with new situations.”

Newsweek TikTok users mentioned in the article have been contacted for comment.

File photo of a cat looking at Christmas lights. Dr. Anna Foreman told Newsweek that pets’ tendency to look at Christmas lights while in the car can be dangerous.