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Pet Safety Tips for your Paw-liday Season

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During the holiday season, our time is filled with shopping for gifts, cooking, and visiting with family and friends. It is easy to forget the dangers that come with this merry season for our four-legged friends!

Here are a few tips to keep your pets safe and comfortable in the coming weeks:

1. Keep bowls of holiday candy and baked goods out of reach. Most pets have a keen sense of smell and can easily pick up on the newest goodies in our home. (We’ve all had those puppy dog eyes while we slave away at the kitchen stove, right?!)

2. Remember that edible tree decorations (gum drops, popcorn, cranberries, and other homemade items) can entice your pet to eat them or tug at them which could be poisonous or injurious.

3. Fasten tree decorations securely, keeping more fragile items near the top of the tree. Purchase plastic decor instead of glass, so if an ornament does fall, the risk of danger is much less. You may even consider a smaller, tabletop tree that cannot be reached.

4. Be prepared for guests. If your pet does not handle company well, make plans in advance to make a place for them in a quiet space where they are sheltered from the noise and smells of the party.

5. If your pet will be at the party, remind guests that your pet is not allowed to have party treats or leftovers.

6. Reduce stress by attempting to maintain a regular feeding and potty schedule.

7. Keep candles at a height that your pet cannot reach to avoid burns and damage to your home.

8. Vacuum often. Poinsettias are poisonous to most animals, so dropped leaves could cause sickness. Pets that ingest tree needles or other toxic items could also find themselves at the clinic!

Although these tips are a great way to start preparing for your holiday parties and get-togethers, they will not prevent every accident. Remember to be mindful of your precious furry friends!

Please share other ideas in the comments below.

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