Keep Your Pets Safe This Holiday Season

petsYour pets are there to greet you at the door, are always happy to see you, and can instantly put you in a better mood.
Did you know that some of your holiday decorations can actually be hazardous to your pets?

Follow the steps below to keep your pets safe this holiday season.

  • Let’s start by discussing the Christmas tree. First off, pets are often times very interested in Christmas trees. The tree is something new in the house and can spark curiosity. Start by making sure you have your Christmas tree secured and that it will not fall on your pet. If your pet loves to play and run around the tee, be sure the tree will be able to stay stable even if they bump the tree.
  • If you choose to have a real tree in your home, make sure your pet does not drink the water in the tree base. This water can sometimes contain fertilizers or bacteria that could make your pet ill.
  • If you have cats, avoid overly sparkly ornaments on the tree or tinsel. Cats love playing with shiny objects and these types of decorations could cause quite the mess if your cat starts playing with them.
  • As for delicious holiday cookies and candies, keep these away from your pets as well. Don’t leave your pet by an unattended plate of treats or in reach of a table. These types of goodies could cause your pet to get sick and you don’t want to spend the holiday’s cleaning up after them.
  • Remember, if you are lighting candles around the house, do not leave these unattended. Your pet could knock them over and start a house fire. Also, consider putting up artificial plants. When holly or mistletoe is ingested, it could cause your pet to become ill.

We hope you and your pets have a happy and healthy holiday season. Please consider the above tips this year and share with your friends and family.

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