Did you know that during holiday time, pets see the emergency room more than any other time of the year? With the decorations, the food, the tree, the presents, the guests and the overall chaos the holidays bring each year, it’s important to take those extra steps to ensure your pet is having a happy and safe holiday season as well.
Here are a few things to keep in mind while you and your family enjoy the holidays:
-Holly, Mistletoe and Poinsettia plants all present varying degrees of toxicity to cats and dogs. If you do decide to have these plants in your home, make sure they are located where your pet cannot get to them.
-Tinsel, wrapping paper and string/ribbons can block your pet’s intestines if swallowed. Be sure that none of these items are at all accessible to your pet.
-If your Christmas tree is not put up properly, your pet could knock it over. Be sure that your tree is anchored securely.
-Many of our favorite treats can seriously hurt your pet. Chocolate, alcohol, fruit, and nuts...we’re talking about you! Ensure that if you are serving any of these items over the holidays, you keep them in a location your pet cannot get to.
Finally, have fun! The holidays are time to relax, think about all you are thankful for and enjoy time with loved ones. By keeping your home “pet-friendly” during the holidays, you’ll be able to enjoy the snowfall and sit by the fire snuggled up to your favorite pet.
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