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Tips for a purr-fectly safe howl-iday for your pets

We know. The holidays look a bit different this year. Usually, they’re a time to eat, drink and be merry with the ones you love. But, for many of us, the celebrations may involve a Zoom call, be smaller or even be socially distanced. But, no matter how you spend the days when pets are involved in the festivities, we need to ensure their safety.

So, grab some merry, and let’s share some ways to keep your pets safe and happy this holiday season.

Do you see what I see

When you’re decking the halls, be sure to keep these tips in mind:

  • Pick up ornament hooks, tinsel and ribbons and store them out of your pet’s reach.
  • Keep lit candles out of your pet’s reach. Put them high on a mantle or a sturdy table so they can’t be knocked over.
  • Display popular holiday plants and flowers, particularly mistletoe berries, poinsettias and holly, in places your pet can’t access.  Some are poisonous to pets.

O Christmas tree

If you have a Christmas tree, remember to:

  • Watch for gifts under the tree that might contain hazardous food items—especially chocolate.
  • Make sure to keep the water stand covered. Did you know that stagnant tree water is a breeding ground for bacteria that can make your pet sick if consumed? Now, you do.
  • Decorate the lower part of your Christmas tree with non-breakable plastic or wooden ornaments to prevent unfortunate tail wag and playtime accidents.

Jingle bell rock

Even if hellos and goodbyes are fewer this year, be sure to:

  • Make sure your pets are wearing a collar and that their tags and microchip ID are up to date in case they manage to squeeze out the door.
  • Keep your pet in a safe, quiet room if they get nervous around strangers or just need a break from the festivities.

It’s a marshmallow world

If you are fixing a feast for the holidays, remember these guidelines:

  • Give your pet appropriate pet food instead of table scraps.
  • Let guests know that your pet should only be given appropriate treats.
  • Keep holiday food—especially chocolate, grapes, raisins and onions—away from your pets. (They can lead to illness and potentially be fatal.)
  • Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet ingests something suspicious or shows signs of illness.

We hope our tips help you enjoy a safe and happy close to 2020—no matter how your holidays look.

If you’re considering adding a furry friend to your family, we can assure you that if you bring home one of our adoptable pets, they will be forever thankful. Visit ddfl.org/adopt today. But, remember not to give a pet as a gift!  Learn why today.

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