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Be Careful with Seasonal Plants and Decorations
- Christmas Trees: Securely anchor your Christmas tree so it doesn’t tip and fall. If you have a live tree be mindful that tree water may contain fertilizers that can cause stomach upset and stagnant tree water is a breeding ground for bacteria.
- Avoid Mistletoe & Holly: Holly, when ingested, can cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. And many varieties of lilies can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested.
- Tinsel: Kitties love this sparkly, light-catching “toy”. Some cats may swallow it which can lead to an obstruction, severe vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery.
- Candles: Don’t leave lighted candles unattended. Pets may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over.
- Keep wires, batteries and glass or plastic ornaments out of paws’ reach. A wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus, while shards of breakable ornaments can damage your pet’s mouth and digestive tract.
Avoid Holiday Food Dangers
- By now you know not to feed your pets chocolate and anything sweetened with xylitol so make sure to keep your pets away from the table and unattended plates of food, and be sure to secure the lids on garbage cans.
- Fatty, spicy and no-no human foods, as well as bones, should not be fed to your furry friends.
- If your celebration includes adult holiday beverages, be sure to place your unattended alcoholic drinks where pets cannot get to them.
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