Helpful Holiday Tips for Your Pets

pet-christmas-safetySecurely anchor your Christmas tree so it doesn’t tip and fall, causing possible injury to your pet. This will also prevent the tree water—which may contain fertilizers that can cause stomach upset—from spilling.
Tinsel-less Town – Kitties love this sparkly, light-catching “toy” that’s easy to bat around and carry in their mouths. But a nibble can lead to a swallow, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery. It’s best to brighten your boughs with something other than tinsel.
Keep plants such as Poinsettia, Mistletoe, Amaryllis and Chrysanthemum out of your pets reach. The California Poison Control Center number is 1-800-764-7661, but familiarize yourself on the first-aid procedures if your pet does ingest a plant.
Presents under the tree are tempting to curious puppies and older dogs when you are not home to monitor.
Have your veterinarians telephone number prominently posted.
Candy and nuts should be kept out of your pets as some can be poisonous.

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year from Animalia!