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Winter can be a magical time of year for family, friends and furry companions, alike. To help keep everyone happy and safe, consider which holiday traditions might be
potential hazards for your pet and take proper precautions — before the season begins.
Jingling bells and other holiday decorations can offer a host of new toys for pets to play with or explore, which may put them in danger. Dr. Karen Todd, a New Jersey veterinarian experienced in emergency medicine, cautions, “Pets are curious and observant. They can find things you may
not even notice.” Therefore, decorate with safety in mind:
During holiday feasting, pets should not participate in the gluttony. Feeding a pet scraps can cause serious stomach and intestinal upset from overfeeding, or more severe illnesses if the foods are toxic to animals. Pets hanging around the kitchen should be kept away from any alcohol,
chocolate, macadamia nuts or
raisins that may have been left out. For a more comprehensive list of toxic foods and poisonous houseplants, visit the
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Animal Poison Control Center’s website.
Owners can dole out
dog biscuits and other healthy treats, such as
carrots and green beans. That way, pets can enjoy the gastronomic aspect of the holidays without their health being put at risk. Even wholesome pet snacks can be unhealthy if given too often, so avoid overindulging a pet’s appetite for treats.
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