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How to Keep Pets Safe During the Holiday Season

With all of the activity over the holiday season—buying gifts, decorating the tree, and baking—it’s easy to forget that some of our favorite things about this festive season can be hazardous to our pets. Even though there’s that long to-do list before the big day, take some extra time to look out for your pet’s comfort and safety.

Baby, it’s cold outside. The weather this time of year is just as cold for pets as it is for us. Leave your pet’s natural coat long and well-groomed so she stays warm. Brushing your pet not only removes dead hair, but it helps with blood circulation so she stays toasty on frostier days. Cut back on her baths during this time so she retains oils that help her skin stay smooth and moisturized.

Let it snow! Snow can easily cover up scents, and walking your dog on a leash will prevent him from getting lost. Consider a jacket and booties to help short-haired breeds conserve warmth. Give outdoor pets a waterproof, insulated house they can keep warm in and provide them with plenty of fresh water. And remember to always bang on the hood before starting your car to keep sheltering outdoor kitties safe.

Deck the halls. Christmas decorations make the season merry and bright, but some of those crafting and decorating items can be dangerous for pets. Secure the Christmas tree so it won’t topple, cover the water tray on real trees, and avoid tinsel and low-hanging ornaments pets can break or choke on. Consider artificial alternatives for holly and mistletoe so your pet doesn’t chew on them. If you’re a crafter, keep an eye on pets and supplies. Curious animals can ingest craft supplies that are harmful to them.

Careful with sweet treats! Many sweets, including chocolate and the artificial sweetener xylitol, can make your pet sick. Begging eyes aren’t easy to ignore, but before giving your pet any special treats, check this list from the ASPCA for what to avoid. Keep those cups out of reach, too, since alcohol has deadly effects for four-legged family members.

I’ll be home for Christmas. Even if your pet is a happy-go-lucky people-loving soul, holiday celebrations can provide too much stimulation. Cozy up a small space for her to retreat to, complete with food, water, comfy blankets, and favorite toys. Each canine and feline has his or her own personality, so be sure to cater to your pet’s needs. And don’t forget to establish with guests the proper etiquette for interacting with your pet so everyone has a fun time.

Christmas is a time to enjoy, have fun, and see family—just remember to ensure that your pet has a safe, fun Christmas as well! Check out the ASPCA web site for more tips to keep your pet safe during the holidays.

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Pet Safety Tips During Christmastime

Whether he’s dozing on the floor in that perfect, warm sunbeam or surveying the kitchen happenings from his perch atop the refrigerator, your pet feels like he knows the lay of the land around your house. But around Christmas, your home transforms before his very eyes (and nose), with extra food, savory smells, new people, and shiny playthings… all for his enjoyment, right? Your pet will be on investigative patrol before long, so keep him safe with these Christmas pet safety tips from Pet Education and the ASPCA.

Tannenbaum Temptations

Festooned with reflective ornaments and strands of light, the Christmas tree will surely captivate your curious pet. After all, it looks just like a tree full of pet toys! Unfortunately, those pretty trimmings can be hazardous for pets. First and foremost, anchor the tree to prevent it from falling and causing injury to your pet. Leave the tinsel off the tree, so nibbling kitties don’t swallow it, which can lead to blockages and possible surgery. Keep tempting glass ornaments away from your playful pet, so you don’t have to worry about them breaking and causing lacerations. Always keep an eye on him to make sure he doesn’t chew needles, gnaw light strands, or drink the tree water.

The Pet Who Stole Food Scraps

Your pet’s doleful eyes and whimpers can be difficult to resist, but don’t give in! Many people foods can cause an upset stomach or more serious problems for your pet. Keep the non-pet food away from him, especially chocolate, artificially sweetened treats, alcohol, uncooked meat, bones, grapes, raisins, and dough. Reduce temptation, and feed your pet before the party, dispose of leftovers right away, and properly secure garbage containers.

Skip the Boughs and Blossoms

Scratch some of the live greenery off your decorating list this year in the name of pet safety. Many plants associated with Christmas can cause stomach upset (or worse) for your pets. The seasonal plant offenders include holly, mistletoe, poinsettias, and some lilies.

Not Everything on Their List

After all the times he greeted you at the door or turned your mood around, your pet surely belongs on the “nice list” this year. Be careful when selecting stocking stuffers and Christmas gifts, however. You dog would like nothing more than to tear apart a bunch of cute stuffies, but treat him to some chew toys instead – nothing that can be swallowed. Likewise, keep long strings and loose parts away from your frisky cat.

Winter Getaway

If you’re expecting a lot of guests, create a quiet space for your pet where he can retreat to if needed. Make sure to supply food and water so he’s comfortable. Install a pet gate if you’re worried that he’ll become upset or turn aggressive. Even pets that love attention may need an obedience training refresher course. Let guests know beforehand that you have a pet, in case allergies are a concern.

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