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Holiday Safety for Pets

The holidays are rapidly approaching. Your pet will no doubt take notice as you put up decorations and start cooking those delicious holiday meals. The holiday season does pose some specific dangers for pets, so you’ll want to take a few precautions to keep your beloved furbabies safe and healthy. Read on for some holiday safety tips from a Folsom, CA vet.

Tree

Try to put your tree in a room your four-legged friend can’t access. If this isn’t feasible, then use fishing line to secure it to a wall or ceiling, or put an exercise pen around it. Ornament hooks, ribbons, and both artificial and real needles can seriously hurt your pet’s digestive system, so be sure to pick up any fallen ones right away. Your tree’s water could contain harmful chemicals, so cover the tree’s water bowl to make sure your furbaby can’t drink it.

Decoration

Tinsel, lights, and glass ornaments are all very dangerous for pets, so place them in high spots your furry pal can’t reach. Mistletoe, holly, and poinsettia plants are poisonous to our four-legged friends, so keep these away from your furball as well.

Food

It’s fine to give your pet some special treats during the holidays, but be very careful with what you feed your furry pal. Grapes, raisins and currants; alcohol; chocolate; caffeine; raw dough; and products containing xylitol are all toxic to our four-legged friends, as are macadamia nuts; avocados; and garlic, onions, and scallions. Just give your furball plain, uncooked meat without the bone.

Visitors

You may have more guests than usual during the holiday season. This can make your furry friend very excited or uneasy! If your pet gets nervous around strangers, keep him in a quiet back room with food, toys, and treats.

Candles

Scented candles are very popular. After all, they do smell delicious, and add a nice warm glow to your home. Just be sure to burn candles and potpourri in high, secure spots, well away from your furbaby’s reach.

Take Time With The Furball

The holidays are a great time to relax and unwind with friends and family members. Don’t forget to spend some quality time with your pet!

Happy Holidays from your Folsom, CA animal hospital! We are here to serve all your pet’s veterinary care needs, so please don’t hesitate to contact us whenever we can be of assistance.

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