Holiday hazards

Holiday hazards

It’s nearly holiday time, and that means it’s time to be extra vigilant with your pet. Here are some potential pitfalls.

Xylitol, a sugar substitute, is okay for you, but it’s poisonous to your pet. The same goes for grapes, raisins and currants. Chocolate is dangerous too — the darker, the more sinister.

It’s not just food — the packaging can be risky, too. Plastic bags can get stuck on a pet’s head or can obstruct the digestive tract if eaten. The same goes for decorations.

Pet costumes can be restrictive or get caught up and most pets aren’t big fans anyway. Household hazards include electric cords and lighted candles. What’s more, frequent opening and closing of doors can allow pets to run off or get a paw or tail caught.

The hubbub alone can stress pets out. So keep the routine as normal as possible in your buddy’s part of the house.

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