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Holiday Safety Tips

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Holiday Safety Tips

Of course you want to include your furry companions in the festivities, pet parents, but as you celebrate this holiday  season, try to keep your pet’s eating and exercise habits as close to their normal routine as possible. And be sure to steer them clear of the following unhealthy treats, toxic plants and dangerous decorations:

O Christmas Tree

Securely anchor your Christmas tree so it doesn’t tip and fall, causing possible injury to your pet. This will also prevent the tree water—which may contain fertilizers that can cause stomach upset—from spilling. Stagnant tree water is a breeding ground for bacteria and your pet could end up with nausea or diarrhea should he imbibe.

Tinsel-less Town

Kitties love this sparkly, light-catching “toy” that’s easy to bat around and carry in their mouths. But a nibble can lead to a swallow, which can lead to an obstructed    digestive tract, severe  vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery. It’s best to brighten your boughs with something other than tinsel.

No Feasting for the Furries

By now you know not to feed your pets chocolate and    anything sweetened with   xylitol, but do you know the lengths to which an enterprising fur kid will go to chomp on something yummy? Make sure to keep your pets away from the table and     unattended plates of food, and be sure to secure the lids on garbage cans

Forget the Mistletoe & Holly

Holly, when ingested, can cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.       Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and  cardiovascular problems. And many varieties of lilies, can cause kidney failure in cats if  ingested. Opt for just-as-jolly artificial plants made from silk or plastic, or choose a pet-safe bouquet.

Leave the Leftovers

Fatty, spicy and no-no human foods, as well as bones, should not be fed to your furry friends. Pets can join the  festivities in other fun ways that won’t lead to costly medical bills.

House Rules

If your animal-loving guests would like to give your pets a little extra attention and      exercise while you’re busy tending to the party, ask them to feel free to start a nice play or petting session.


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