Pet Pointers: Keep pets safe during the holidays
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Christmas trees are a tradition that most of us just can’t do without, but they can pose a problem for those of us with adventurous cats.
While you can’t watch your cat every second, you can make sure your tree is secure in its stand and tethered to a wall to prevent it from falling over.
If you have pets, this may be the time to get rid of tinsel. The shiny strands are irresistible to cats, ferrets and dogs. If eaten, it can cause serious stomach upset or lead to a blockage, and even require surgery to prevent death.
Ornament hooks can be swallowed or get stuck in paws so be sure to keep track of them. Candles are everywhere during the holidays from the Menorah to an Advent wreath. The flickering flames draw curious creatures to them and while they can lead to a burned nose or paw, and if they are knocked over, they can cause a destructive fire. For the same festive effect, try flickering LED or battery operated tea lights.
Many of us enjoy a roaring fire this time of year. Be sure to keep your screen in place to protect pets and your floor from flying embers.
Let’s not forget about reptiles, birds and fish. They are sensitive to changes in temperature. Move them away from drafty windows and heat sources. These animals are also sensitive to air fresheners, so don't spray around their enclosure.
Many plants including Christmas rose, holly, mistletoe, poinsettia and lilies are toxic to pets and can cause stomach upset. Keep them out of your pet's reach or choose artificial.