With Christmas just around the corner, excitement fills the air and decorations adorn the house and yard. Among the hustle & bustle of holiday preparations it’s a good idea to also consider your pets – all the goodies, ribbon, tinsel, holiday plants and extra food can potentially pose a problem to your furry friends.
Here are a few tips to help keep your pets safe throughout the holidays:
- Dispose of turkey bones carefully. These can be dangerous if ingested and cause major intestinal damage.
- Chocolate is another hazard so be sure to keep it out of reach. Toxic effects can range from vomiting and diarrhea to seizures or even death.
- Popular plants such a poinsettia, mistletoe and holly are extremely toxic if eaten, and it might be worthwhile to avoid bringing these home.
- Hide or tape cables and cords down. Chewed electrical & Christmas tree cords are a recipe for disaster to both home and pets.
- Tinsel and string is a favorite of both cats and dogs, but if ingested can block their intestinal tract. So keep the string from the turkey and ribbons from the presents away from the pets. Also hang ornaments and tinsel high enough on the tree so they can’t reach it.
By taking these few precautions you can feel confident in your pet’s well being and safety during this festive time.
I wish you a safe and happy holiday season.