As the holidays approach, it’s time to make sure you are aware of all the little dangers that pose a threat to your furry friends.
Pasadena Humane understands this danger and has decided to create a holiday safety guide for you and your pets to follow this holiday season.
“It’s that time of year again – the holidays are approaching, which means food, festivities, and fun. And while you probably aren’t having huge gatherings with friends and family, there are still plenty of things to keep in mind to make sure your pets stay safe during the holiday season,” Pasadena Humane said on its website.
Here are some of the group’s tips to keep your pets safe during the holidays:
When it comes to food, remember that not all of what we eat is good for pets. Onions and garlic are toxic to pets, so make sure you keep ingredients out of reach when cooking Thanksgiving dinner. Alcohol is also hazardous to cats and dogs, so don’t leave your glass unattended.
Cooked turkey bones can be a serious danger, as they can easily splinter in an animal’s digestive tract. If you want your pet to indulge with you for the holidays, only purchase treats and chews made specifically for them.
As for Christmas trees, pine needles are mildly toxic to pets and can potentially puncture the intestines, so if you catch your cat or dog trying to eat them, move the tree to a room that you can close off, or stick to an artificial tree. If your cat is trying to climb your tree, make sure the tree is securely anchored so it won’t tip over.
For live trees, the tree water can contain preservatives that can upset your pet’s stomach, so make sure your pets don’t have access to the water.
As for decorations, keep breakable ornaments up high on the tree where curious pets can’t reach. Christmas lights can be an electrocution risk if your pets bite them, so always unplug Christmas lights when you’re not actively supervising your pet.
Tinsel is another potentially dangerous decoration, as it can be tempting for cats to play with but can cause intestinal blockages if swallowed. Opt for artificial holly and mistletoe, since the real thing can cause vomiting. If you have a menorah, don’t leave a lit flame unattended, or opt for flameless candles to be extra safe.
Gift wrapping paper, string, and ribbon are tempting for pets to play with, but can be dangerous if swallowed. So use caution when keeping wrapped presents under the tree. Or, better yet, keep them out of reach until it’s time to open them.
To learn more about Pasadena Humane, visit www.pasadenahumane.org.
For more holiday safety tips for you and your home, visit www.pasadena-chamber.org/blog/