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Christmas Safety for Pets

Nothing can put a dent in your holiday celebrations like an emergency visit to a veterinary clinic! These tips from our friends at the AVMA may help prevent a holiday disaster.

  • Keep people food out of the reach of your pet, and ask your guests to do the same.
  • Make sure your pet doesn't have any access to treats, especially those containing chocolate, xylitol, grapes/raisins, onions or other toxic foods.
  • Don't leave your pet alone in the room with lit candles, a decorated tree or potpourri.
  • Keep holiday plants (especially holly, mistletoe and lillies) out of reach of pets.
  • Consider leaving the tinsel off your tree if you have a cat.
  • Secure your Christmas tree to keep it from falling over if your dog bumps it or your cat climbs it. Hanging lemon-scented car air fresheners in the tree may deter your cat from climbing it.

Ralph, Trooper Vet's AmbassaCat, wishes you a safe and happy holiday season…and leave the tinsel in storage! laugh

Ralph

Ralph, Trooper Vet’s AmbassaCat, encourages you to leave the garland and tinsel in storage for the safety of cats everywhere!