Holly, Jolly, and Safe! Of course you want to include your furry companions in the festivities, but as you celebrate this holiday season, try to keep your pet’s eating and exercise habits as close to their normal routine as possible. And be sure to steer them clear of the following possible dangers:
- Christmas Tree – securely anchor your tree so that it will not tip or fall causing possible injury to your pet.
- Tinsel – Kitties love sparkly stuff that’s easy to bat around and carry in their mouths. But a nibble can lead to a swallow, which can can cause vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery.
- Mistletoe & Holly – Holly, when ingested, can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause upset stomach and cardiovascular problems. Opt for just-as-jolly artificial plants made from silk or plastic, or choose a pet-safe bouquet.
- Pet Toys –
- Dogs have been known to tear their toys apart and swallow the pieces, which can then become lodged in the throat. Stick with chew toys that are basically indestructible, Kongs ( http://www.kongcompany.com/ ) can be stuffed with healthy foods or chew treats that are designed to be safely digestible.
- Long, stringy things are a feline’s dream, but the most risky toys for cats involve ribbon, yarn and loose little parts that can get stuck in the throat. Surprise kitty with a new ball that’s too big to swallow or a stuffed catnip toy or the interactive cat dancer.
5. Holiday Cocktails – If your celebration includes adult holiday beverages, be sure to place your unattended alcoholic drinks where pets cannot get to them. If ingested, your pet could become weak and ill.
By utilizing these tips you and your furry loved one can celebrate many more holidays to come!