10 Tips to a Safer Holiday for Your Pets

The holiday season is a busy time and amid all the hustle and bustle, you may end up forgetting about taking some extra time to protect your four-legged family members. Cats and dogs love to take part in the holiday festivities, but without taking a few steps to keep them safe, you may end up having to care for them in an emergency. The holidays are the time of year when most pets are put at risk for accidents. To keep your pets safe this holiday season, be sure to use these 10 tips from WhiskazzandPawzz.com:

  1. Keep your pets away from any holiday foods or candies. Even just a little bit of chocolate can cause horrible sickness or death in your pet.

  2. Also keep poisonous plants like mistletoe, holly, lilies and pine needles away from your pets as they can cause harm to your pet’s stomach if ingested, not to mention, the kidneys and cardiovascular system.

  3. Avoid lighting candles that can be knocked over by a happy dog’s tail or a curious cat looking for something to play with.

  4. Keep pets away from the Christmas tree water as it can be highly toxic.

  5. Decorate your tree with the breakable ornaments at the top. You don’t want your pet to break one and then be cut. Consider wood or plastic ornaments as an alternative.

  6. Secure all electrical cords so that they won’t be chewed or played with.

  7. Don’t think your pet can handle all of the excitement of your annual holiday party? Try keeping him in a separate area of the house or leave him with a trusted friend or relative for the night. The anxiety from the event could leave your pet incredibly agitated.

  8. Make sure that your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are working properly. In the event of an emergency, everyone in your home needs to be alerted.

  9. Put up a pet alert window cling on your front window or door so that emergency personnel can be alerted that there is a pet in your home in the event of an emergency.

  10. Don’t feed your pet from the table during holiday dinner. People food can cause digestive issues with your pet, not to mention, it’s unhealthy for them.

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