December 17, 2013

Keeping pets safe this holiday season

I am safe and happy this holiday season!

Holiday Pet Safety Tips

The holidays are such a wonderful time of the year and everyone is sure to enjoy the festivities including your four-legged family members but precautions should be made this time of year to ensure that your dog or any and other pets in your home aren’t in harms way.

Decorations, tree trimmings, food and other festive items can pose serious health threats to your pets. There are many things you can do to make sure your pets are safe during the holiday season.

Keeping decorations off the floor and secure can avoid your pets engaging in play with festive items that may be toxic or become choking hazards.  Parents of pets should pet proof their home, similar to how parents of small children would do.  Your pet’s safety is important everyday but during the holidays extra care should be taken to make sure that the extra knick-knacks and holiday effects are not a danger to your pets.

Tinsel, ribbon and holiday tree trimming decorations should be kept up off the lower branches, these items can become lodged in the digestive track of animals and could cause some serious upset.

Electrical cords throughout your home should be off the floor and when unattended these should be unplugged so that your pets do not chew on these cords which can result in burns and possible shocks.

Holly, poinsettias and other plants can cause diarrhea, vomiting and stomach distress if ingested.  In some cases reactions from these types of plants can be life threatening.

The holiday season is always celebrated with an abundance of sugary sweets and baked goodies by families everywhere but our four legged family members can become very ill if they ingest some of these holiday treats.  When hosting parties or family gatherings be sure to remind guests, who may not realize the dangers of feeding your pets, that holiday treats can make your pets very ill.

Holiday pet safety should be at the top of your list and is one way to make the festivities enjoyable for everyone.

Happy Holidays Everyone!!

Be smart, be safe and most of all Be Kind To All!

 

LOVE AND RESPECT ALL ANIMALS!

 

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