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5 Holiday Pet Dangers

The holidays are an exciting time for both people and pets. Make sure you’re keeping your cat or dog safe this holiday by keeping an eye out for these everyday pet dangers.

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1. Poinsettias

1. Poinsettias

Cats and dogs often love to nibble on plants, and holiday poinsettias are particularly dangerous. Should your pet eat this pretty red Christmas decoration, it will likely lead to stomach pain and discomfort, including vomiting.

The ASPCA’s compiled a searchable plant database of dangerous plants (listing over 400 items). Check it out if you are considering bringing a new plant home.

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2. Holiday Treats

2. Holiday Treats

The holidays often lead to an abundance of sweet, delicious treats around the home. As great as this is, it’s important to take neccessary measures to make sure you pets don’t get a hold of them. Here are the worst culpruts:

Chocolate: Chocolate is a harmful food for pets. Most adults know this, but it’s adults’ responsibility to make sure children know, too. Keep little ones from giving chocolate to pets and do your best to supervise.

All kinds of candy, including candy wrappers: Too much sugar can give your pet a bellyache, but worse, if wrappers are swallowed, your pet risks tearing of the esophagus or intestines. Clean up as best and frequently as you can when candy is being unwrapped.

10 more harmful foods:
Chewing gum
Macadamia nuts
Raw yeast dough
Fatty foods

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3. Decorations

3. Decorations

Tinsel can cause pets to choke, or lethally damage their intestines. Also be sure to keep pets out of tree water, and be attentive when they show interest in ornaments, decoration hooks, ribbon and Styrofoam.

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4. Treacherous Toys

4. Treacherous Toys

Small, brightly colored toys hold the same appeal for pets as they do children. The problem is that they are choking hazards. Be sure to keep small toys in a place safely hidden from pets, and quickly dispose of toy packaging as gifts are being opened. Many toys contain twist ties, Styrofoam, and plastic bags capable of choking your cat or dog.

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5. Dangerous Drinks

5. Dangerous Drinks

When you’re hosting holiday events, chances are you’re serving coffe, tea or alcohol. Unfortunately coffee and tea leaves are on the ASPCA’s list of People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pet, as is alcohol. Alcoholic beverages can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, and breathing difficulty, among other things.