Avoiding holiday pet hazards: Tips to keep your furry companion safe

El Paso News

While enjoying holiday festivities make sure to include your furry companions in your plans.

Dr. Mark Lenox, a veterinarian at Crossroads Animal Hospital told KTSM he sees an increase of pet visits during the holidays. Sometimes pet owners know their cat or dog ate something it shouldn’t have other times it’s a guessing game.

Dr. Lenox said it can be difficult to determine what is causing your pet pain.

During the holidays there’s a long list of items pet owners should keep away.

  • Make sure your pet doesn’t eat human food, especially chocolate, raisins, or other toxic foods.
  • Don’t leave your pet alone in the room with lit candles or decorations.
  • Keep holiday plants, like holly, mistletoe, potpourri, or even the water pan from your Christmas tree away from pets. They can be toxic.
  • Secure your Christmas tree to keep it from falling over. Hanging lemon-scented car air fresheners may deter your cat from climbing it.

“If I had a list, it would be this long of possibilities of why an animal came in during the holidays sick. But we do see an increase in cases which is great for business but it’s tiring as far as the waiting room being full of people, so we want everyone to be safe. We don’t want anybody to lose an animal during the holidays,” said Lenox.

Even though you may eat more than usual during the holidays doesn’t mean your pet should. Lenox said it’s important to keep your pet’s meal routine as normal as possible and avoid gifting them too many special treats.

Here are some links to more helpful tips:

Holiday Safety Tips from the American Veterinary Medical Association

Holiday Safety Tips from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

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