Archive for Monday, December 20, 2010

How to keep pets safe amid holiday festivities

December 20, 2010


The Humane Society of the United States is reminding people that as they celebrate the season, many of the things that make the holidays special may also pose hazards for canine and feline friends. The hustle and bustle of travel and large gatherings, festive food and beverage, and holiday decorations and plants can pose particular challenges to pets.

• A number of seasonal plants are poisonous to pets if nibbled or eaten, including ivy, holly, mistletoe and others. For more information, see

• Keep holiday decorations away from pets. Tinsel, bows, ribbons and wrapping paper can be tempting chew toys for pets, but they can damage their digestive systems. Remember to keep tree ornaments high enough that they’re out of your pet’s reach.

• As you enjoy candy and other treats during the holidays, please don’t share with your pets. Chocolate can be, hazardous, but also watch out for xylitol, a common sweetener. And individually wrapped candies are double troubles as some pets might eat both the candy and the wrapper.

• Avoid the urge to give your pets table scraps, especially bones. Bones easily splinter and can cause serious health problems, even death.

• Don’t leave candles unattended. Pets may accidentally knock them over and spill wax or start a fire.


Bobbie Ward-Hinds 7 years, 4 months ago

It's too bad the HSUS thinks it would be a fabulous idea for Michael Vick, a convicted animal torturer who did his time just up the road in Leavenworth, to have a pet to further his rehabilitation.

kernal 7 years, 4 months ago

bobbie, that's a maybe, in a few years, under certain conditions.

childhoodsurvivor 7 years, 4 months ago

Felons can't own guns. Pedophiles cannot be near children. Dog killers shouldn't be allowed to own dogs. Ever.

commentor2000 7 years, 4 months ago

It's pretty disgusting that you can kill a human being with very little consequence (Donte Stallworth) but if you kill an animal, people will raise hell. What Vick did was wrong, but he did his time and is doing all he can to try and make up for what he did. In the end, it's an animal. Unless you're a vegan, you probably enjoyed several dead animals today. Who are we to act like we're any better?

this_guy 7 years, 4 months ago

Well I guess that (hunters) shouldn't have pets anymore right ? do they not shoot and kill animals every year more than one a day .. or fisher men hook fish in the mouth then throw them back or race horse owners kill their horses when their use is done ...yet....they are able own pets .. but the point is that if you are raise that something is OK you don't know it is wrong ... But people understand Vick is not the only person to fight dog....but he is maybe the only rich person of color to get caught. so let it go OK.

childhoodsurvivor 7 years, 4 months ago

Hunting is legal (different species at different times of the year), fishing is legal, horse racing is legal (I think killing the horse after winning all the money they can is stupid but its still not illegal) Fighting dogs or roosters or any type of animal for sport so that one dies or gets severely injured for money is illegal. Its is a felony in all 50 states. This is why he shouldn't have a dog. Again if your a felon you cannot own a gun or vote etc...if your a pedophile you must stay away from children...(there are other restrictions for other types of crimes I just won't list them all) The point is if your going to watch animals kill each other for money and you know its illegal, then you shouldn't ever be able to own animals again. Period.

this_guy 7 years, 4 months ago

Just cause it's legal don't make it right but
I guess it depends on which country your from huh but he is not the poster child they are many many dog fighters in Lawrence yet they go free ......but your right......good job

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