Pet Pointers: Keep pets safe during the holidays
The holidays are a fun time for the entire family, but there are just a few precautions you should take to make sure it’s a safe and happy holiday for you and your pets. Today, Lisa Chelenza has some tips to help keep your pets safe during the holiday season in this edition of Pet Pointers.
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Christmas trees are a tradition that most of us just can’t do without, but they can pose a problem for those of us with adventurous cats. While you can’t watch your cat every second, you can make sure your tree is secure in its stand and tethered to a wall to prevent it from falling over.
If you have pets this may be the time to get rid of tinsel. These shiny strands are irresistible to cats, ferrets and dogs. If eaten it can cause serious stomach upset or lead to a blockage and even require surgery to prevent death.
Ornament hooks can be swallowed or get stuck in paws so be sure to keep track of them.
Candles are everywhere during the holidays from the Menorah to an Advent wreath. The flickering flames draw curious creatures to them and while they can lead to a burned nose or paw, if they are knocked over they can cause a destructive fire. For the same festive effect try flickering LED or battery operated tea lights.
Many of us enjoy a roaring fire this time of year. Be sure to keep your screen in place to protect pets and your floor from flying embers.
And let’s not forget about reptiles, birds and fish. They are sensitive to changes in temperature. Move them away from drafty windows and heat sources. These animals are also sensitive to air fresheners, so don't spray around their enclosure.
Many plants including Christmas rose, holly, mistletoe, poinsettia and lilies are toxic to pets and can cause stomach upset. Keep them out of your pet's reach or choose artificial.