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MessageSujet: Holiday Safety Tips For Companion Animals   Mar 5 Fév - 10:20

December 8th of 2012

Holidays are filled with safety challenges for the companion animals who share our lives. While all holidays present their own unique dangers for animals, December's holidays require all responsible guardians to pay attention to a variety of potentially hazardous situations. Click here to learn more about the most common dangers you should be aware of.

Holiday Safety Tips For Your Companion Animals

Holidays like Christmas are filled with safety challenges for the companion animals who share our lives. While all holidays present their own unique dangers for animals, Christmas requires all responsible guardians to pay attention to a variety of potentially hazardous situations.

Here are the most common to be aware of:

1) Candy - don't leave any candy within paws' reach. Chocolate can be fatal to both cats and dogs.

2) Alcohol - no, it's not cool to give Fido a beer! Alcohol is toxic to many species of animals.

3) Food/treats - play it safe and keep your animal companions on their normal diets. Avoid the temptation to share food your animals are unaccustomed to, and tell any houseguests not to feed anything to your animals. If you want to give them treats for the holiday, give them treats you know they are already used to.

4) Lighting and electric cords - Those flashing lights that mesmerize you may also attract your dog or cat. And those new extension cords may appear as juicy as Twizzlers to your animals. Move everything out of paws' reach, monitor your animals to make sure they're not dangerously interested, and unplug everything within the animals' reach if you leave the house. Some cords may also be hidden with PVC pipe or sprayed with products such as Bitter Apple.

5) Christmas trees - Keep trees firmly anchored so they can't fall when the cat decides to climb to the top, and keep your pets away from the trunk water, which can make them sick if they drink it.

6) Candles - Never leave lit candles unattended or within paws' reach.

7) Tinsel and Ribbons - they may not look tasty to you, but every year dogs are brought to emergency clinics with serious digestive problems, only to discover bellys full with tinsel and ribbon. You should be recycling this stuff every year anyway, so pick it up right away and start packing it away for next year!

Cool Plants - Remember that many of the ornamental plants we spread around the house may be toxic to animals. Holly and mistletoe can both make dogs and cats sick.

If your animal does ingest something hazardous, contact your veterinarian right away. If you do not have immediate access to a veterinarian, the Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) can help at 1-888-426-4435. A $65 consultation fee may apply.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!
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