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 HumaneSociety.org.
• 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.