Holidays can be hazardous to family pet(s)by Rachael Weinstein on Dec. 19, 2008, under Family
Along with all the fun and festivities of the holiday season, there could be some real dangers for our pets.
Here’s what veterinarian Ivan Weinstein, owner of the Oro Valley Pet Clinic (who happens to be my father), says about some of the hazards that you should look out for:
• Christmas trees: If you have a real tree, then the preservative chemicals in the water can be a threat to your animal. Also, a tree can fall over if your pets jump on it.
• Ornaments: Christmas ornaments and decorations can break and fall and your pet may swallow the pieces. Or, if an ornament falls and breaks, your pet could get cut.
• Tinsel: Tinsel is attractive to cats as they love shiny objects. But your cat could get very sick if it swallows some.
• Candles: Candles are a danger to jumping cats and flying birds. Keep an eye on the flame and your animal.
• Treats: Don’t give your animals people food, especially chocolate. If you can’t resist those puppy eyes, keep dog treats with you.
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