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Simple tips to consider in pet-proofing your home for the holidays

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The holidays are a beautiful time of the year with all the bright lights, decorations, the family Christmas tree, music and times with family and friends. Along with the festivities comes the stress and tension while getting prepared. When you have children it is only natural to child-proof the home, yet any pets in the family seem to be forgotten amidst the hustle and bustle of the season. Pet-proofing your home can vary greatly as a dog owner versus a cat owner. Kitties love to climb and nothing seems to be out of their reach. The cat pet parent has to be a lot more observant of where kitty is pretty much all the time. You can contact your local Rockford-area veterinarian as listed below or one closest to your home for advice on some of the safety precautions to take in keeping your pets safe throughout the holidays.

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Generally, if you have a pet, especially one celebrating its first Christmas, take special care when it comes to lights, glass ornaments, tinsel, Christmas plants, foods and other toxic décor. Unless it is a brand new kitty or puppy, you know just how courageous your own pet can be and how cautious you need to be. One can never be too cautious when considering your pet’s safety.

It is best to keep unsafe items out of the reach of your pets. Place light strands and cords away from your pet’s vision and reach, while securing any excess in a safe manner. Protect any access to the outlets as well. When it comes to the tree, place the lights along with ornaments and toxic décor away from the bottom areas where pets can reach. The fancier, more delicate ornaments can be placed higher on the tree. Be sure your pet cannot access any tinsel that can be swallowed, tying up their intestines. Better yet, refrain from using tinsel altogether; there are so many beautiful alternatives for a lovely Christmas tree.

When it comes to foods, keep them in secure containers until time to serve. Never leave the pets unattended around temptations. During the holiday gatherings, be sure to inform all guests not to give your pets any people foods. An unsuspecting person can give your pet something that can be toxic and harmful, causing discomfort and illness to your pet’s delicate system.

When bringing poinsettias or other Christmas plants into your home, take care in keeping them out of reach as well. If you choose to have a live Christmas tree, monitor your dog from drinking the water that provides for the trees’ freshness. Some pets love to chew on limbs and branches, so keep your pet from gnawing on your tree. Aside from possibly swallowing pine needles, the fir tree oils can be irritating to the mouth tissue causing such symptoms as drooling and vomiting.

There is a lot to consider when decorating a home with inquisitive, prowling animals. After all, you want to provide a safe environment for all who dwell within. Have a very happy healthy and safe holiday season with friends and family, including the beloved pet family members.

If you are looking for wholesome, natural and homemade treats for your favorite canine best friend, Led foot’s Pet Bakery near the Rockford area is happy to meet your needs. Check out the website at Ledfoot Bakery. Contact Susan Weitzel at 815 784-6358, Ledfoot Bakery Contact.

If you are seeking Veterinary assistance in the Rockford area, you can check out one of these at - Rockford Vet Clinics, Bellwood Vet, Rockford Veterinarians, Perryville Veterinarian , Cat Veterinarians Specialists

For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO - 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 - Petco or your local PETSMART - 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 - Petsmart -Petland, (815) 332-4200 - Petland

For many of your pet essentials, visit your local Rockford-area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations - 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 - 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 - 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 - 2454 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 - CVS Pharmacy

For the grooming needs of your Chihuahua in or near the Rockford area, you can contact Sue at for further information.

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