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Pet safety tips for the holidays

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As this video shows, homes are full of holiday hazards for pets. It might be a choking hazard decorating your shelves, a toxic additive to the water basin for a live Christmas tree, or bones from the trash can. What should concerned pet owners look for in a holiday safety check? As you check off the "12 Days of Christmas," consider these 12 safety tips.

  1. Bones from turkey, ham, lamb and other meats
  2. Artificial sweeteners and chocolate—particularly dark or baking chocolate
  3. Toxic holiday plants such as holly, mistletoe, poinsettia and lilies
  4. Tinsel, garland, and packing Styrofoam
  5. Broken glass or fiberglass fragments from ingested ornaments
  6. Pine needles
  7. Electric lights
  8. Ribbons
  9. Ice melts and anti-freeze
  10. Liquid potpourri and candles
  11. Toys with small parts or decorations with small objects

So take an extra moment to consider your furry friends as you deck the halls and trim the tree. The glass ornament that falls from your Christmas tree, or the shipping materials from those Christmas packages may be your one-way ticket to a non-so-happy holiday season.

Check out more pet safety tips here. For more articles by this author, click here.

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