Posted by: secondchancehumanesociety | November 30, 2009

Holiday Hazards for Pets

Dear Pet Column Readers,

My name is Anastasia and I am waiting here at the Second Chance Shelter, hoping to be going Home for the Holidays!  I have done some research on Holiday Hazards around the household so that I can be on my best behavior when I am adopted.  Most of these hazards apply to any pets around the house – so essentially everyone should pay attention…

First off, as enticing at it appears to your pet, particularly energetic and adventurous kittens and puppies, do not to let your pets climb or chew upon your Christmas tree.  Tree toppling can lead to injuries for your pets as well as innocent bystanders.  To prevent such a calamity simply secure your tree to the ceiling or wall with sturdy fishing line or the like. 

Another precaution you should take is in regard to the tree ornaments.  Make sure that the ornaments within reach of your pets are non-breakable plastic or wooden ornaments and not glass.  Also, do not leave tree lights plugged in while curious pets are unattended, light-chewing can deliver unhealthy results.

Other Holiday hazards include Holiday plants that are poisonous and dangerous to your pets – which cats are particularly attracted to, such as poinsettia, mistletoe and amaryllis plants.  Either keep them out of the house or make sure they are out of reach of your cats (which many cat parents will tell you – it is difficult to keep things out of reach of many sprite felines).

Speaking of Holiday edibles that are bad for pet tummies, there have been many cases reported of dogs breaking into boxes of packaging peanuts and feasting on them (if they don’t want us to eat them why do they make them look like peanuts?).  Keep those packing products out of the reach of those pets whose stomachs override their sensibilities (and their taste buds…). 

Chocolate, raisins, onions, and other rich foods are of course no-no’s, so those platters of fudge, fruit bread, and the like are best kept out of reach as well (do I need to detail about stringing popcorn on the tree?).  Of course, don’t forget about our powerful “sniffers” and remember that wrapped boxes of chocolate and other treats won’t last long under the tree once you step out for some Caroling and sleigh-riding…

And while on the topic of snacking under the tree, remember to keep your tree stand covered as pine sap and water, although sweet smelling, poses a poisonous threat to your pet as well.

With all of these precautions I hope you don’t lose focus on what really counts: having pets amongst your household family members during the Holidays truly adds to the spirit of love, cuddles, and warmth.   Please remember all the orphaned pets during the Holidays.  Spread the love through bringing us into your homes or sharing treats, toys, and hugs with all the Second Chance shelter pets.   Enhance this Season of Giving and of Light with those in need…

Call the Second Chance Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance, Volunteer & Foster Care, or other Programs.  Visit our shelter pets online: www.secondchancehumanesociety.org.  Direct Pet Column questions to:  kelly@secondchancehumanesociety.org.  Photo by Real Life Photographs.

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