Tips to help you keep your fur family safe from holiday hazards
This holiday season, while you’re busy decorating, cooking, and wrapping gifts, remember to watch out for holiday temptations for your pets. FDA veterinarian Carmela Stamper tells how to keep your pets safe.
Stocking stuffers and pet treats
If your dog received a stocking full of pet treats, make sure he doesn’t gobble them all up at once.
Tinsel and ribbons
When decorating your tree and wrapping or unwrapping gifts, keep a close eye on where you leave your leftover tinsel, string, and ribbons.
If you have holiday plants such as poinsettias, holly, or mistletoe around, take care. When you display (or dispose of) these plants, your cat may decide they’re good to eat, Stamper says.
Resist the temptation to give your pet table scraps that are high in fat, such as fat trimmed from meat or skin from your roasted turkey or chicken.
Other human treats, including alcohol
As many pet owners know, chocolate can be dangerous to your dog or cat. Moreover, the seemingly harmless mints common in the holiday season cause life-threatening problems for your dog if they contain xylitol. Finally, there’s alcohol.
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