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Holiday Pet Hazards

It’s definitely beginning to look—and feel—like the holidays. Pets somehow manage to be extra adorable at this time of year. However, they can also be extra mischievous! Keep your furry friend’s safety in mind over the next few weeks. Read on as Aurora, CO vet discusses holiday pet safety.

Decorations

Fluffy and Fido are very playful, and are super adorable when they are feeling frisky. However, that playful streak can backfire if your furry buddy plays with something that isn’t safe. Ribbons, garlands, wreaths, ornament hooks, tinsel, and fragile ornaments are also unsafe. Keep these things out of reach of those adorable paws!

Food

It’s fine to share a special holiday meal with your animal companion, but stick to foods that you know are safe. Many people foods are toxic to pets. Some things on the no-no list include garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; meat on the bone; grapes, currants, and raisins; chocolate; alcohol; and anything that contains xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.

Flames/Heat

Fireplaces can definitely give your home that magical holiday glow. However, they definitely aren’t pet-safe. Use thick grates in front of fireplaces, and keep candles and potpourri burners in high spots your fuzzy companion can’t reach.

Cold

December is usually quite cold, so make sure your beloved pet stays warm and cozy. Limit Fido’s outdoor time on cold days, and, if he has thin fur, put a doggy jacket on him. If you have a kitty, keep Fluffy indoors. It’s also important to make sure your furry best friend has a comfy bed. (Hint: this could make a great gift!)

Plants

Poinsettias, holly, ivy, and many other seasonal plants are toxic to our furry companions. Pine needles, both the artificial kind and the real ones, are dangerous as well. If you get a real tree, cover the water bowl so your pet can’t drink from it. The water may contain residue from toxic chemicals, such as fertilizers.

Stress

Many pets are happiest when they are kept on a steady schedule. The holidays can definitely throw that out of whack! Sometimes, guests can also make pets uneasy. Noise, such as those New Year’s Eve fireworks, is another stress factor. Spend lots of quality time with your furry friend!

Season’s Greetings from all of us here at Aspen Commons Animal Hospital, your local Aurora, CO vet clinic. Please contact us anytime!

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