Welfare Weekend: Pet Safety Tips for the Holidays ©

Pet Safety

Christmas Pet Safety Alert Plants such as mistletoe, ivy, lilies and holly berries can be poisonous to pets:

– Holly is potentially fatal.
– Mistletoe upsets the stomach & can cause heart collapse.
– Sap from Poinsettias can cause mouth blistering.
– Hibiscus can trigger diarrhea.

Christmas Pet Safety Alert Supervise all candles – pets are attracted to light in a dark room.

Christmas Pet Safety Alert Crowds of people and holiday festivities can frighten animals. Consider the animals and keep pets in another room if they are nervous around strangers or crowds.

Christmas Pet Safety Alert Dispose of all bows, yarn and curling ribbons to prevent swallowing and intestinal blockage, or strangulation. Labradors and Beagles are especially well known for eating inappropriate objects. Cats may eat them while playing.

Christmas Pet Safety Alert Exposed wiring can electrocute a curious animal who chews on it. Use Bitter apple to deter chewing, or encase cords and electrical plugs inside PVC tubing.

Christmas Pet Safety Alert Rearrangement of furniture around the house for the holidays may cause your feline to stop using the litter box.

Christmas Pet Safety Alert Pets are not garbage disposals for holiday left-overs. Any sudden change of diet, even for just one meal, can give your dog or cat stomach pain and diarrhea. This is particularly true for older animals, whose digestive systems are often more delicate and nutritional requirements more strict.

Christmas Pet Safety Alert While a little turkey or chicken won’t harm your pet, be very careful of cooked bones which can splinter and cause intestinal blockage or internal lacerations. Pork bones can also wreak havoc. The FDA recently advised that all bones, cooked or raw, be avoided.

Christmas Pet Safety Alert Large quantities of chocolate can be highly toxic to dogs, especially dark chocolate.

Christmas Pet Safety Alert Beware of simmering potpourri or potpourri oil. Most potpourri liquids contain natural or essential oils, which if ingested can cause vomiting, stomach upset, diarrhea, weakness, and possibly liver damage. Some products also contain cationic detergents, in which case the symptoms tend to be much worse. In most cases received by the ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center, cats are often exposed to potpourri oils by rubbing against leaky bottles or pots containing the oil, or from spilling the oil containing pots over themselves.

Christmas Pet Safety Alert Aluminum foil that has been wrapped around meat and disposable baking pans might be attractive to a pet, but do not let your companion near these — ingestion of aluminum foil may cause vomiting, intestinal blockage or even more serious problems.

Christmas Pet Safety Alert Bull Terriers have an odd habit of going under the Christmas tree to enjoy the branches on their back, but then go into a trance that may be a partial seizure.

Christmas Pet Safety Alert Resist the temptation to tie holiday ribbons around your pet’s neck. The ribbon can twist and tighten, causing choking or strangulation. Pets can hang themselves if the ribbon gets caught on an object.

Christmas Pet Safety Alert Pets LOVE to open presents and you don’t know what’s in there that could harm them. Lock the presents or the pets up when you are not home to supervise.

Christmas Pet Safety Alert Batteries contain a highly corrosive acid that can burn a pet’s mouth if it leaks or the container is broken by chewing. Keep them stored safely away.

Christmas tree Pet Safety Alert TREE DECORATIONS

Christmas Pet Safety Alert Metal ornament hooks can get caught in curious mouths. Use ribbon or yarn instead of hooks to hang Christmas ornaments.

Christmas Pet Safety Alert Cranberry and popcorn strands can be deadly to pets, causing intestinal obstruction or get wrapped around your pet’s neck.

Christmas Pet Safety Alert Tinsel can cause intestinal obstruction and blockage if swallowed.

Christmas Pet Safety Alert Glass balls can shatter in an animal’s mouth. Broken pieces can cut and be deadly if ingested.

Christmas Pet Safety Alert Angel hair is spun glass, and will shred the intestines if swallowed.

Christmas Pet Safety Alert Artificial snow or flocking can be ingested or inhaled and caught in the nasal passages.

Christmas Pet Safety Alert Do not use moth balls to deter your cat from climbing the Christmas tree, digging in your holiday plants or scaling garlands. They are highly toxic and if even a little is ingested it could have serious consequences.

Christmas Pet Safety Alert A bowl of fresh lemon peels at the base of the Christmas tree can deter curious kitties, plus add a nice scent to your festivities.

Christmas Pet Safety Alert A Christmas tree should stand in a flat, wide base. You might also want to anchor the tree with fishing line tied to drapery rods, a ceiling or wall hook. Cats often see trees as fabulous climbing posts. If your kitty shows a penchant for this activity, decorate with animal-safe items such as dried flowers, pine cones or fabric and wood ornaments. You also might want to consider putting the tree in a room with doors that close.

Christmas Puppy SafetyWe wish you and your family a
safe, magical and peaceful Holiday Season.

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3 Responses to “Welfare Weekend: Pet Safety Tips for the Holidays ©”

  1. SABRINA says:

    I didn’t know trees could be so dangerous for my Bullies!! Thanks so much for these important facts and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

  2. Kyle says:

    I agree — excellent tips. Thanks for caring.

  3. Dixie says:

    I was expecting the same old stuff but there’s some great tips here, thanks.

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