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Keep Pets Out of Harms Way for the Holidays



December is a festive month as holiday decorations adorn the home and trees glittering with lights, ornaments and bows welcome in the season. But, decorations can be hazardous to your pets and extra care should be taken to keep your animals out of harms way this holiday season:

  • Cover your Christmas tree stand – If you have a live tree, the water can become stagnant. If the animal drinks it, it can cause illness.
  • Rub electrical cords and tree bases with taste deterrents – Use Bitter Apple on electrical cords to discourage dogs and cats from chewing. Rub the base of the tree with lemon peel to discourage cats from climbing.
  • Keep plants out of reach – Poinsettias, mistletoe and holly berries should be kept away from animals. If eaten, it can be very dangerous.
  • Plan for time away from home – Find a pet sitter or neighbor to take care of your animals. They will be much happier in familiar surroundings.
  • Prevent exposure to the cold – Don’t bring pets shopping or leave them in the car. The car is like a refrigerator. The extreme cold can harm a dog or cat. Keeping them home can also keep them from getting loose. Always microchip your pets.

For more tips on keeping your pet happy and healthy for the holidays read the following!

12/15/2006

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