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.