Keep Your Pet Safe During The Holidays

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Real Estate Agent with Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty 0225221517

Lights, decorations, good food...every year, as we celebrate the holidays, we fill our homes with seasonal cheer for ourselves and our families. However, what may seem beautiful and harmless to us may pose hidden dangers to our pets. Don't let an emergency spoil the festivities! Below are some common holiday hazards for dogs and cats and how to prevent them.

Holiday hazard

How to keep your pet safe

 

Electric cords

Keep all electric cords securely taped down or out of reach of your pet. Dogs and cats may chew dangling wires and be burned or electrocuted.

 

Ornaments

Hang ornaments out of reach of your pet. Dogs, especially, may eat ornaments or wire hangers, which can get caught in the stomach and intestines.

 

Chocolate

Keep all holiday foods away from your pet. Chocolate contains ingredients (e.g., caffeine) that can be lethal to dogs and cats.

 

Tinsel, ribbon,
and string

Make sure these are kept out of reach and properly disposed of. If swallowed, any of these can require emergency surgery to remove. Tinsel also has sharp edges that can cut the mouth.

 

Lilies, other flowers,
and houseplants

Prevent your pets from eating plants or flower arrangements. Lilies are very poisonous to cats.

 

Christmas tree

Put the tree in a pet-safe room or monitor your pet when he or she is around the tree. Dogs and cats may eat the needles (even from artificial trees) or drink the water at the base of the tree, which can be toxic (especially if it contains preservatives).


In many cases, if your pet has eaten or drunk something toxic, warning signs will include gastrointestinal problems, such as vomiting and diarrhea. Other signs may include tiredness and lack of appetite, especially in cats that have eaten lilies. If your pet shows any of these signs, or if you think he or she has eaten something dangerous but is not showing any signs yet, please call a vet right away. Treating your pet as soon as possible is essential!

A special thanks to Tysons Corner Animal Hospital located at 8496-E Tyco Road Vienna, Va 22182 (703-893-7030) for contributing to this post.

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Amanda, thanks for this extremely important information for pet owners. People should also note that poinsettias are toxic to animals.

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