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Keep Your Pet Safe This Holiday Season

Cane Bay Summerville - dog in santa hatHappy Thanksgiving to all our furry friends and pet owners! We hope you have an enjoyable day filled with lots of smiles, laughter and good memories.

Thanksgiving usually marks the kick-off of the Christmas season. If you come from a family that starts decorating for the holidays on or around Thanksgiving, make sure you do so in a way that will keep your pet safe this holiday season.

You can find a few tips below to do just that.

As The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and CBS New York point out, there can be dangerous decorations and foods that can lead to trouble in a pet-loving household.

Decorations

• Tinsel. As nice as tinsel can look on a tree, if eaten, it can ultimately obstruct a pet’s digestive tract, which can cause vomiting, dehydration and potentially even surgery. Cats tend to be attracted to the shiny object, so it is perhaps best to toss the tinsel this year and adorn your tree with something else.

• Glass bulbs or plastic ornaments. While these types of ornaments can be gorgeous and beautifully reflect the Christmas tree lights, they can also be a hazard if they brake, potentially cutting up the paws of a cat or dog. Ingestion of the broken pieces is another concern.

• Candles. Candles may seem innocent enough, but the curious cat or investigative dog may want to take a peek at the flickering light and see what it is all about. Even one swat at the candle could be enough to knock it over and cause serious damage not only to your pet, but to you and your belongings as well.

• Firmly secure your Christmas tree. This one may seem obvious, but there have been times when cats have climbed a tree and knocked it over, or the tree has simply fallen on its own because it was not secure enough. A falling Christmas tree can be a danger both to your ornaments and your pet, as the water in the tree stand can give animals an upset stomach if it contains fertilizer.

• Wires. According to ASPCA, “A wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus.” Make sure to bundle up those wires!

Food

• Turkey. Especially during Thanksgiving it can be tempting to feed your pet some yummy turkey from the table. Just remember, a few bites of fully cooked turkey might be okay for your pooch according to CBS, but they should not eat anything that is undercooked, which can cause stomach problems. All bones should be removed, as these present choking hazards.

• Alcohol. A pet should never ever drink alcohol. Alcohol can induce illness, or even a coma, which can cause death. Make sure any beverages containing alcohol are attended to or covered.

• Chocolates and Sweets. Do not allow your pet to eat chocolates or sweets, as they can cause stomach problems. Make sure you keep an eye on unmanned food, and be sure to cover the garbage cans.

• Buy or make treats for the special occasion. If you don’t want your pet to feel left out while you are sitting around eating a warm Thanksgiving meal, try planning in advance to have special selected treats for your pet so he or she doesn’t feel left out of the fun. If you want some ideas about homemade treats, check out our article “Make Homemade Sweet Treats for Your Pet”.

Festivities

• A Separate Room May Help. Some pets do very well around big crowds and loud noises. If your dog or cat has that kind of personality, then he may love being introduced to new guests if you are the host for the evening. However, for pets who don’t have the same type of personality, it might be a good idea to provide a separate room for them as a quiet safe haven, where they can go to reduce stress and escape the noise of the day.

We hope you have a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving. May your upcoming holiday season be a bright one! If you enjoyed our article, please feel free to share it with your friends.

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