Critter-safe celebrations

 
By Connie Orcutt • Published: December 1st, 2012
Category: Animal Airwaves
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Holidays mean family fun, and our pets often want to join the celebration. Follow these tips from the American Veterinary Medicine Association to avoid doggie dangers and cat-astrophes.

Secure your tree so it won’t fall during puppy play or attempted kitty climbs. Cats especially love to play with tinsel, so keep it off the Christmas tree if you have a feline in the family. Make sure pets are supervised when they’re around lit candles, decorated trees or potpourri.

Stash food out of paws’ reach, particularly ones that contain fat, chocolate, macadamia nuts, grapes, raisins, onions or xylitol [ZĪ-lit-all] sweeteners. Even some holiday plants, such as holly, mistletoe and lilies, can be toxic when tasted. Finally, if your pet prefers privacy, make up a cuddly critter area in a room away from guests.

Have a joyous and healthful holiday season!