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|Keep your dogs and cats safe this Holiday!|
Watch out for holiday plants including holly, mistletoe and poinsettias, which can be poisonous to your pets. If you must have them in your home, keep them far out of reach. Better bet: Choose faux plants and you’ll have them each year.
All it takes to knock over a tree is the enthusiastically wagging tail of a larger dog or a climb from a curious cat. Use ornaments that are unbreakable on the lower boughs to avoid broken glass. For added protection, place a screen around the presents and the tree. Tinsel can pose a choking hazard and an intestinal dilemma for cats and dogs, so choose a garland that is pet-friendly. Avoid tree preservatives in the water reservoir of the tree stand, as pets may stop by for a drink.
The holidays are a time for added electrical cords. To cats and dogs, these look like playthings. Avoid chewed cords, risk of electrical shock, or dragged decorations by keeping cords taped down and when possible, out of sight.
In addition to electrical cords, burning candles become more prevalent on the holidays. Never leave a candle unattended with a pet in the house, where it can easily be knocked to the ground.
Unusual activity and unfamiliar guests can cause stress for your pets resulting in behaviors such as overexcitement, or a desire to run out of fear. Have identification on your pets at all times in case they do slip through an open door. Designate a quiet space for your pet ahead of time, should the excitement become too much.