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This Christmas, think of these as your pet safety tips to keep them healthy and happy. Some healthy pet safety tips are concerning food.

Please watch cookies and candies for chocolate. Consumption of chocolate can lead to anxiety, rapid heartbeats and even death. Macadamia nuts and walnuts can lead to lethargy, vomiting, body tremors and the inability to walk. Other food pet safety tips are to be aware of the dangers of raisins, grapes, and onions. All of these can cause vomiting and lethargy.

Other pet safety tips are artificial sweeteners and the havoc they can cause to your pet. Some of the signs are lethargy, fever, seizures and liver failure. Needless to say, alcohol is a no no also. Some symptoms are lack of coordination, seizures, coma and tremors.

Also, many of our holiday plants are toxic to our pets too. Holly, mistletoe, and poinsettias need to be placed where the animal can not have access to them. The ingestion can cause heart arrhythmias, and vomiting in both dogs and cats.

Electrical cords and our decorations are dangerous to our dogs and cats also. Glass breakage from ornaments, tinsel from the tree, and garland can have disastrous outcomes on their stomachs and intestines resulting in an emergency vet call. Ornaments need to not be placed on the lower branches, and also watch that your pet doesn't try to eat the branches of a live tree. Pine needles can hurt paws and stick in gums.

While fatty trimmings, bones and rich meat is a big enticement, better to stay with the dog treats. Bones and fatty meats can cause digestive upsets and is a choke hazard.

For a safe holiday, follow these pet safety tips and for additional info contact the ASPCA website and the poison control number is 888-426-4435.

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