Keep Pets Safe During the Holidays

Pet Travel Center

‘Tis the season for glitter, tinsel, toys, and delectable food. But did you know all of these things can be hazardous — even deadly — to your pet? Keep your pets safe during the holidays by keeping an eye out for these perils.

1. Wrapping and ribbons

Gift wrapping paper, bows, ribbons, and faux snow are pretty to look at and may be particularly intriguing to your pet, but they can also be swallowed or caught around your pet’s neck. Tree tinsel and small parts from children’s toys can also end up in the wrong mouth and become lodged in the throat, causing your pet to choke to death.

2. Tree decorations

Be sure to hang tree decorations out of reach, as ornament hooks can also be a choking hazard. And make sure your Christmas tree is well secured. Cats are inquisitive and love to climb. They can easily become entangled in str ands of lights, knocking the tree over.

Keep your pet safe. Don't let your cat get tangled up in Holiday lights.
Keep your pet safe. Don’t let your cat get tangled up in Holiday lights.

3. Holiday plants

Holiday plants such as mistletoe, holly and poinsettia can be deadly to animals. Make sure these are well out of reach of pets. Holiday c andles should also be kept out of harm’s way.

4. Holiday foods

While there may be plenty of food in your home this time of year, avoid feeding your pet things such as turkey or other types of poultry that may have bones. And never give your pet chocolate. A substance called theobromine is in chocolate and can be toxic to pets.

5. Winter car maintenance

Be careful when winterizing your automobiles. Spilled anti-freeze can have a sweet taste to pets, but can be especially dangerous if ingested, even fatal. The location of other household chemicals should be checked to be sure they don’t pose a potential hazard.

By keeping these tips in mind and using common sense, you can help keep your pets safe during the holidays.

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