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Love your pets and keep them safe

Love your pets and keep them safe

By Jessica Sly

Those of us who love our pets know they are part of the family, and when it comes to the holiday, we want them included.

But many of our holiday decorations and foods, as well as the changes in schedules, can be upsetting or even dangerous for our furry friends.

Here are a few tips from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) on how to keep your pet healthy and happy this holiday season.

pet faded ThinkPhotos-83454803O Christmas Tree
Securely anchor your Christmas tree to keep it from falling and possibly injuring your pet. It also can prevent the tree water – which could contain fertilizers that can cause stomach upset – from spilling. Water from a tree can be a breeding ground for bacteria.

Tinsel-less Town
If you’ve got kitties, you know they love anything sparkly, so keep an eye on your tinsel. If they swallow it, it could lead to an obstructed digestive tract, vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery.

No Feasting
Keep your pets away from the table and unattended plates of food. Don’t feed them anything fatty or spicy. You should also avoid giving them cooked bones, as they can splinter and lodge in a pet’s throat or intestines.

Forget the Flowers
If ingested, many holiday plants can be dangerous to pets. Holly causes nausea, vomiting and diarrhea; mistletoe causes gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems; and many varieties of lilies can cause kidney failure in cats. Opt for silk or plastic plants or a pet-safe bouquet.

That Holiday Glow
Lit candles can burn pets or cause a fire if knocked over. Use candle holders and place on a stable surface. Don’t leave lighted candles unattended.

Tips from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Careful with Cocktails
If you enjoy an adult holiday beverage to celebrate, keep it away from your pet and don’t let them drink it. Alcohol causes weakness in pets or even a coma or death from respiratory failure.

A Room of Their Own
If your pet is shy, it might disappear under furniture or hide in a separate room or its carrier. Why not give it a special place in which to relax, complete with water and a comfy bed.
New Year’s Noise

Be careful with thrown confetti as you celebrate the new year. It can get lodged in a cat’s intestines. You also want to avoid noise makers, as they can terrify pets and cause damage to sensitive ears.

Tips from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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