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Holiday Safety Tips

As we celebrate the holiday season, many of the things that make the holidays special — the hustle and bustle of travel and large gatherings, festive food and beverage, and holiday decorations and plants — may also pose hazards for our "four legged" family members.

With a few simple precautions, our pets can safely share this time of the year with us:

1.  A number of seasonal plants are poisonous to pets if nibbled or eaten, including ivy, holly, mistletoe and others. For more information, visit our poisions and other harmful substances page on this site.


 
2.  Keep holiday decorations away from pets. Tinsel, bows, ribbons and wrapping paper can be tempting chew toys for pets, but can damage their digestive systems. Remember to keep tree ornaments high enough that they're out of your pet's reach.

 

3.  Provide your pet with a quiet, out-of-the-way room during holiday parties. Though some pets may enjoy socializing opportunities, others will be overwhelmed by the excitement of a party.

 

4.  As you enjoy candy and other treats during the holidays, please don't share with your pets. Chocolate can be especially hazardous.

For a special treat you can add carob powder to the "Boxer cookies" (recipe located on this site) for a "safe chocolate" treat.

Individually wrapped candies are "double trouble"  as some pets might eat both the candy and the wrapper.


 
5.  Avoid the urge to give your pets table scraps, especially bones.

Bones can easily splinter and can cause serious health problems, even death.


 
6.  If you are planning to take your pet with you when visiting friends and relatives during the holidays, be sure to contact them in advance to find out if your pet is welcome.

Because of the excitement during the holidays, it might be best to board your pet or hire a reputable pet sitter instead.


 
7.  Don't leave candles unattended. Pets may accidentally knock them over and spill wax or start a fire.


 

We wish you and all your "four legged" family members a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year!!  JoAnne and Cathy