Pets and the holidays - a festive, but sometimes dangerous time for our furry friends. There can be quite a few things that our curious pets will want to explore in our homes during the holidays. What can you do to make sure you don't have to rush Fido to the emergency vet this Christmas?
Here's a few tips to help you keep your pets safe during the holidays:
Anchor the Christmas Tree
What cat or dog can resist all those shiny things dangling and tempting them with a fun time? It's not hard to tip that tree over when it's jumped on by a playful pet. Make sure that it's anchored securely so that it doesn't fall on your pet. This will also prevent tree water from spilling which may contain fertilizers that aren't good for animals to digest.
Avoid Mistletoe & Holly
Mistletoe and holly are not good for pets to eat. They can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. And many varieties of lilies can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested. Artificial plants made from silk or plastic are a safer choice.
Stay Away From Tinsel
Cats just can't resist shiny things that they can bat around and carry in their mouth. But they can easily swallow tinsel and end up with an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery.
Never leave candles unattended with pets. They can easily knock them over and get burned or start a fire.
We all know to keep pets away from chocolate. But during the holidays, it can be easy to leave sweets laying out. And our opportunistic friends can get into trouble. Be extra vigilant about putting sweets away when you're done eating them.
If you enjoy holiday beverages with alcohol, don't leave them unattended. They can make your pets weak, and they can even go into a coma and die from respiratory failure.
Give Them Special Treats
Of course you want to include your pets in the holiday fun. Buy them treats and chew toys that will keep them busy and less likely to get into harm's way.
With some simple precautions, you can make sure your holiday season in Berks County is filled with joy for both you and your beloved pets.
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