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Holiday Hazards For Pets

October 29, 2020

As the holiday season quickly approaches it is important to keep in mind some of the holiday hazards.

Christmas Trees

  • Cats love to climb, and climbing an unstable Christmas Tree can lead to broken bones.

  • Tinsel and Ornaments can result in a foreign body, which may result in surgery and should be kept away from curious pets.

  • Electrical cords should be kept secure and in a place that pets can not reach. Pets biting on electrical wires may result in severe burns.

Holiday Foods

  • It may be tempting to give in to your pet's sweet, innocent eyes and slip them some of your holiday feasts. It is important not to feed your pets' food other than what they are used to. Foreign food (especially food high in fat) can result in pancreatitis. Make sure your friends and family members do not feed your pets as well.

  • Chocolate of any sort is harmful to pets and should be avoided altogether. If your pet does get into chocolate, call your vet immediately. This can prove to be life-threatening depending on the type and amount of chocolate consumed.

  • Turkey and ham bones should not be fed to pets. Bones may shatter and splinter that can potentially perforate the intestines or cause an intestinal blockage. Both cases may be life-threatening.

Poisonous Holiday Plants

  • Holly, mistletoe, and poinsettias are all poisonous to pets if consumed. If you find your pet munching on any of these dangerous plants call your vet immediately.

Burning Candles

  • Always remember when lighting those Hanukkah candles to make sure you do not leave them unattended where an inquisitive pet may burn themselves.

We hope some of these holiday tips help to keep your pet safe. Please never hesitate to reach out to us with any questions. We hope we may have an opportunity this season to care for your beloved pets while you are away enjoying the season! Happy Holidays from your friends at Pet Sitting 4 Comfort (PS4C)!

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