By LEAFF (Law Enforcement and Fire Fighters)
Eastvale – The holidays are a time of family and celebration, and that celebration also includes the family pets. While most of us know the holiday dangers in regard to keeping our homes and families safe, pets are just as likely to be injured from owner negligence. Follow these important tips to ensure that the holidays are a time of joy for all the members of your family.
- Secure Your Christmas Tree:Securely anchor your Christmas tree so it doesn’t tip and fall, causing possible injury to your pets. This will also prevent the tree water – which may contain fertilizers that can cause stomach upset – from spilling. Stagnant tree water is also a breeding ground for bacteria, and your pet could end up with nausea or diarrhea should they ingest it.
- Avoid Tinsel on Trees: While sparkly and eye-catching, tinsel can beswallowed by pets, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery.
- Holiday Food is Not Pet Food: Chocolate and anything sweetened with Xylitol is very dangerous for animals. Keep in mind, animals will go to great lengths to chomp on something tasty. Be sure to keep your pets away from the table and unattended plates of food, and secure the lids on garbage cans.
- Holiday Lights: Keep wires, batteries, and glass or plastic ornaments out of the reach of paws. An exposed wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock, and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus. Shards of breakable ornaments can also damage your pet’s mouth and digestive tract.
- New Year’s Celebration Noise: As you count down to the New Year, please keep in mind that strings of thrown confetti can get lodged in an animal’s intestines, if ingested, possibly necessitating surgery. Noisy poppers can terrify pets and cause possible damage to sensitive ears. Just like the Fourth of July, the clanging of pots and pans, firecrackers, and other loud disturbances can cause outside pets to become fearful and attempt to leave your yard in search of shelter. Keep pets safely inside as midnight approaches.
Tips Courtesy of the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)