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The weather is cold. The lights are twinkling. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! That’s right — it’s the holidays! And your dog and cat can absolutely join in the fun. After all, they’re part of the family. You just need to make sure you keep them away from these seven holiday hazards. When in doubt, you might want to keep them in another room or in a crate. We love Pawd crates because they’re lightweight, easy to clean and don’t clash with your decor!
It’s no mystery why menorahs are a potential holiday hazard. You should always keep open flames away from pets. Menorahs are also easy to knock over so keep a close eye on them when lit. This electric menorah is a safer alternative.
Your fireplace is another open flame source of which your pets need to steer clear. Instead of setting a real fire, use electric logs instead. The room will still have a nice homey glow, but you won’t have to worry about your pet.
Be on the lookout for dreidels, tiny toys, ornaments and other small items. These itty bitty objects are potential choking hazards and need to be kept out of reach of pets. You never know if your dog or cat might mistake them for a delicious snack!
The holidays are a time for plenty of delicious goodies. Unfortunately, many of these treats aren’t safe for our four-legged friends. Pets can’t eat chocolate, garlic, bones, cookies and other common holiday foods. Instead, stick to specially made cat and dog food and treats.
A poinsettia plant really brings festive cheer to any home. But did you know that poinsettias are toxic to cats and dogs? This plant contains a sap that irritates pet mouths and stomachs and can even cause vomiting. If you can’t picture your home without those brilliant red leaves, opt for an artificial poinsettia. Your pets will thank you!
Antifreeze is all over the ground during the winter and it’s also poisonous to pets. Cats and dogs might be tempted to drink from puddles containing de-icer or they might lick paws covered in antifreeze. This is why it’s important to watch your pets closely when they go outside during the winter months. We love this portable paw cleaner that you can use on the go to remove antifreeze from their paws.
Guard your pets from the cold. If the weather is too chilly for you to venture outside, chances are that it’s too cold for them as well — even under all that fur. Keep pets inside. If you take your dog out for a walk, outfit them in a warm sweater or coat. You can also shield their delicate paws from ice with protective booties.
Click here to learn more great holiday safety tips. And from all of us at Michelson Found Animals, have a safe and happy holiday!