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20 Holiday Pet Safety Rules

  1. Anticipate your guest's arrivals and confine your dog to preventt it from escaping and possibly getting into trouble. You should also set aside a room for your dog to go during parties, because too much excitement or stress can cause stomach upset. Once the dog is calm, you can release it and introduce it to your guests.
  2. Don't leave any medicines on tables, chairs, or in open cabinets. Tell guests who must take medicine at a certain time, to not leave the medicine laying around for any reason.
  3. Reduce your dog's stress by maintaining its regular feeding and exercise routine.
  4. Place mystery packages out of reach. Dogs who smell food in a package are known to rip it open. Remember that food is the number one holiday hazard for dogs. The greasy and fatty foods that we eat can cause big trouble on an animal's intestines.
  5. Tell guests not to give your dog food from the dinner table. Remember that poultry skin, fat trimmings, rich gravies, and buttery sauces can cause sever vomiting, diarrhea, or even worse, a life threatening inflammation of the pancreas.
  6. Keep alcohol away from your animals. An ounce of an alcoholic beverage can put a small dog into a coma.
  7. Stow chocolate candy or baking ingredients out of reach. Chocolate is the most common toxicity treat during the holidays. Small amounts cause vomiting and diarrhea. Larger amounts can cause above normal heart rhythms, nervous system malfunctions, and even death.
  8. Secure your garbage in bins with tight lids. A dog can chew up holiday throwaway's which can result in intestinal perforation and/or obstruction.
  9. Buy only decorating products (tree water preservatives and artificial snow) that are labeled non-toxic.
  10. Put away children's toys after they are opened. Ingested toys can cause choking and intestinal blockage, and must usually be removed through surgery.
  11. Secure large trees to the wall to prevent tipping.
  12. Stomach upsets can be caused by popcorn and gumdrops, so avoid using these strings of edible decorations.
  13. Fasten all your tree decorations securely, with the more fragile ones towards the top. Dogs who chew these can suffer cuts in their mouth.
  14. Return paper and other gift wrapping materials to their storage places after gift wrapping is finished.
  15. When doing crafts for yourself or with the kids, make sure all paints and other toxic or dangerous materials are out of reach and swept/mopped up immediately after your are done.
  16. Place holiday plants out of reach and vacuum often. Poinsettia can cause drooling, oral pain, and vomiting. Mistletoe causes vomiting, labored breathing, shock, and death from cardiovascular collapse. When animals eat the needles from real or fake trees, they can also get intestinal blockage.
  17. Display candles on highshelf'ss to avoid painful burns and singed whiskers.
  18. Make sure that cords are tucked out of reach. Better yet, keep all electric cords covered by a chew-proof guard. Puppies and kittens will chew on anything andelectrocutionn can occur.
  19. Include your pets in any fire/disaster safety program you have in place for your home. For tips on how to do this check out the American Red Cross.
  20. Bring in your pets when the temperature reaches 30 degrees with thewind chilll. Dogs and cats can get frost bitten ears, nose and feet if left outside. Chemicals used to melt snow on sidewalks can irritate petsí paws. Do not use this product where your animals dwells outside. Read more aboutwinterizingg pets (horses too) at the American Humane Association.

Need some gift ideas for your pet? Check out this list of Present Ideas For Pets

Be sure to check out our online resources for Christmas Pets. You'll find holiday safety, toy stores and gift giving web sites for pets.

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