Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Tis’ the Season To Keep Your Pets Safe

Many of the things that make the holidays special, including large gatherings, food and holiday decorations can be hazardous for our pets. 

With a few simple precautions, the whole family can bask in good cheer.

Please keep the following in mind as you celebrate the holiday season:
1)     Poinsettias, mistletoe and holly can be poisonous to our pets if nibbled or eaten.  In addition, live and artificial Christmas trees can contain poisonous pesticides, lead or other harmful materials that could pose a danger to our pets.

2)     Keep decorations out of reach of playful pets. Ribbons and sparkling lights may be attractive to your pets but they can be very harmful and even fatal.

3)     Don’t over-indulge your pets with treats. Changing your pet’s diet abruptly can upset their stomach, causing diarrhea and/or vomiting. Additionally, foods that we commonly consume can be poisonous to your pet, such as tomato pulp, olives, mushrooms and chocolate.

4)     Busy holiday gatherings are a prime time for pets to slip out of the house. Make sure Fido finds his way back home by keeping up-to-date and legible identification on your pets at all times. The Placer SPCA strongly advises that all dogs and cats be microchipped, and offers microchip implants for $15 during monthly clinics or $20 during all business hours.

5)     Provide a safe and quiet place for your pets during the holiday gatherings.  Even the most social pets can become overwhelmed when there are lots of people and lots of excitement.

6)     ADOPT, DON’T SHOP – If you or someone you know will be adding a pet to their family, please adopt from your local animal shelter or a reputable rescue organization. There are many homeless animals looking for the best gift of all this season – a loving home.

If you have questions regarding animal care and behavior, please contact the Placer SPCA at (916) 782-7722 or (530) 885-7387 or visit placerspca.org.

Blog Post information and picture courtesy of Placer SPCA.

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