Holidays can be dangerous times for pets. Stress, visiting relatives, and holiday shopping can make it harder to keep an eye on your furry family members. Read our tips below on how to keep your pets healthy and happy this holiday season!
- Dangerous Foods – The following can be toxic to pets: chocolate, raisins, grapes, macadamia nuts, walnuts, pecans, chives, avocados, garlic, onion, alcohol, caffeinated beverages, bread dough, and sugar-free candy and gum containing the artificial sweetener xylitol.
- Regular Foods – Despite tradition, bones should never be given to pets. Even beef, ham, and other “regular” foods that are not considered toxic can cause illness in pets. Even small amounts of table food can cause lead to stomach upset or diarrhea.
- Stress Affects Us All – Try to minimize the changes in you pet’s normal routine. If you have al lot of visitors, place your pet’s home in a quieter part of the house.
- Plants – Hazardous plants include mistletoe, some evergreens (including some types of pine), holly bushes, poinsettias, amaryllis, lilies and holly berries. Try to keep these plants away from pets, or at least supervise pets when dangerous plants are nearby.
- Decorations – Tinsel, lights, angel hair, tree ornaments, ribbons, string, spray on-snow, and garlands are some items that can be dangerous if eaten by pets, particularly cats. Fasten your tree decorations securely, placing the more fragile ones at the top. Shards from broken glass ornaments can injure paws, mouth and other body parts.
- Christmas Trees – Monitor your pets when they are around your holiday tree. Anchor trees to the ceiling or wall to keep it from falling over. Pets may eat the needles (even from artificial trees) or drink water from the base of the tree, which can be toxic (especially if there are preservatives or aspirin in it). Holidaylights and extra electrical cords can look like chew toys to pets. Make sure your holiday lights and cords are taped down or hidden.
Taking precautions with pets during these festive times can help ensure that you and your family will enjoy a happy and healthy holiday season!
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