Ways to Keep Your Pets Safe During the Holidays

The holidays are a fun time of year with lots of decorations in the house and even outside. What are some things you need to be aware of to protect your pets?

Christmas Trees—Hide the light cords to avoid an electrical shock when your pet chews on them. Avoid edible ornaments or place them high enough your pet can’t get to them.

Tinsel and Ribbons—Cats in particular love to play with tinsel and ribbons but it can cause an intestinal blockage.

Plants—Many of the holiday plants like poinsettias, holly or mistletoe can make your pet very sick.

Table Foods—While it is very tempting to share your food with your pet, most human food has too much fat for an animal causing stomach upset. Bones can be very dangerous for pets as well. Stick with raw hide bones.

Holiday Treats—Chocolate, sugar-free mints and gum can make your dog very ill. Keep them out of reach.

Cold Weather—It’s easy to get distracted and leave a pet outside longer than is safe. Set a timer when you let you pet out so you don’t forget them.

Reference: http://kids.usa.gov/parents/health-and-safety/safety/pet-safety-parents/index.shtml.

Have a safe holiday season!

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