Animal Care & Control Updates

Tips On Keeping Your Pets Safe This Holiday Season
The winter holiday season can be a busy and fun time, with decorations, special foods, and parties and get-togethers with friends and family. But many of the things you enjoy can be harmful to your pets. Take steps to protect your pets this season.
  • Go for artificial plants instead of real ones because some of the real plants of the season can be harmful to animals, including mistletoe, holly, and many kinds of lilies.
  • Make sure the Christmas tree is supported and anchored so that it won’t tip over.
  • If you have a real tree, don’t allow your pets to drink the tree water. It can contain fertilizers and bacteria.
  • Avoid using tinsel because it is dangerous for cats. If they swallow it, they can end up with an obstruction in their digestive tract.
  • Keep lighted candles out of reach of pets, and never leave lighted candles unattended.
  • Keep wires, batteries, and glass or other ornaments out of pets’ reach to avoid injury.
  • Chocolate, the artificial sweetener xylitol, fats, spicy foods, alcohol, leftover bones, and many other people foods can harm your pets. So put leftovers away after a meal and store food out of reach of your pets.
  • Give safe toys to your pets, things that they can’t swallow or tear apart.
  • If you have a gathering at your home, make sure your pets have a safe place to be, away from the noise and company that might be scary to them.
  • Secure your pets in a safe place when fireworks are used during a celebration.
Source: American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)