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12 Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe During the Holidays

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Holidays are the most awaited time of the year for many of us. However, due to the excitement and constant distractions, we can easily forget about how much danger this period can mean to our furry friends.


From candy to mistletoe and from forgotten lit candles to fireworks, many holiday specialties can be a real threat to pets. Read the tips below in order to keep your four-legged friends safe during this wonderful time of the year.


1.Keep human food out of reach for your pet

The food we eat can be dangerous for pets. If you want to give treats to your pets, buy treats formulated just for them.


2.Make sure your pet doesn't have any access to any treats

Christmas sweets and treats can contain toxic ingredients for your pet like chocolate, xylitol, grapes/raisins, onions or others.


3.Provide a safe place for your pet if you’re entertaining guests

Having guests at your home can be stressful for your pet so try to provide a hiding place for them or a separate room.


4. Don't leave your pet alone in a room with lit candles

Pets may accidentally knock them over and spill wax or start a fire.


5.Keep wires and batteries out of paws' reach

A wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth.


6.Unplug decorations while you're not around

Cats, dogs, and other pets are often tempted to chew electrical cords.


7.Use pet-friendly ornaments

Switch your glass ornaments with pet safe shatterproof ones. Also consider leaving the tinsel off your tree if you have a cat.


8.Secure your Christmas tree to keep it from falling over

Dogs and cats love to play so be prepared in case your dog would bump it or your cat attempts to climb on it.


9.Water additives for Christmas trees can be hazardous to your pets

Do not add aspirin, sugar, or anything to the water for your tree if you have pets in the house.


10.Keep holiday plants out of reach for your pets

Amaryllis, mistletoe, balsam, pine, cedar, and holly are among the common holiday plants that can be dangerous and even poisonous to pets who decide to eat them.


11.Be aware of New Year's noise

From noisy poppers to fireworks, these sounds can not only terrify pets but can cause possible damage to their sensitive ears. Secure your pet in a safe, noise free and escape-proof area.


12.Planning to go on a trip?

Carefully consider whether to take your pet with you or leave them home at a sitter or boarding kennel.


You can also download this Holiday pet safety checklist. Feel free to check it out every time you feel the need and your furry friend will surely be safe and sound during this exciting time of the year.