ICYMI: Ferris Day Off: Pet Safe Holidays

Historical Triangle – The jingle bells, mistletoe and presents under the tree are holiday staples, as well as potential holiday horrors if you have a pet.

Ferris and his WYDaily friends wish all their furry companions a safe and festive season. Following these suggestions from American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) can prevent accidents and make sure everyone gets ready for the New Year!

Be careful with seasonal plants and decorations

  • Oh, the Christmas tree: Anchor your Christmas tree securely so it doesn’t tip over and fall, potentially injuring your pet. It will also prevent tree sap — which may contain manure that can cause stomach upset — from spreading. Standing tree water is a breeding ground for bacteria, and can cause nausea or diarrhea if your pet drinks it.
  • Avoid mistletoe and holly: Holly, when ingested, can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea in pets. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. And many types of lilies can cause kidney failure in cats if eaten. Opt for perfectly luscious artificial plants made from silk or plastic, or pet-safe vases.
  • Tinselless Town: Cats love this shiny, lightweight “toy” that’s easy to bat around and put in their mouths. But a nibble can lead to swallowing, which can lead to indigestion, severe vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery. It’s best to light up your branches with something other than tinsel.
  • That holiday glow: Do not leave burning candles unattended. Pets can burn themselves or start a fire if they knock over candles. Be sure to use proper candle holders, which are placed on a stable surface. And if you leave the room, put out the candle!

Avoid the dangers of holiday eating.

  • Skip the sweets: By now you know not to feed your pet anything sweet with chocolate and xylitol, but do you know the lengths an enterprising pet will go to get something tasty? Be sure to keep your pets off the table and food plates, and keep litter box lids secure.
  • Leave the leftovers: Fatty, spicy and non-human food, as well as bones, should not be fed to your furry friends. Pets can join the festivities in other fun ways that won’t lead to expensive medical bills.
  • Caution with cocktails: If your celebration includes adult holiday beverages, be sure to store alcoholic beverages where pets can’t reach them. If ingested, your pet can become weak, sick, and even go into a coma, possibly leading to death from respiratory failure.
  • Choosing a Special Treatment: Want to fill your pet’s stockings? Stick with chew toys that are basically indestructible, Kongs that can be filled with healthy treats or chews that are designed to be safely digested. Long, stringy things are a cat’s dream, but some of the most dangerous toys for cats have ribbons, yarn and loose parts that can get stuck in the intestines, often requiring surgery. Surprise kitty with a new ball that’s too big to swallow, a stuffed catnip toy or an interactive cat dancer.

New Year’s Eve can be scary!

While you’re counting down to the New Year, please keep in mind that thrown confetti strings can get lodged in a cat’s intestines, possibly requiring surgery if ingested. Noisy poppers can frighten pets and cause potential damage to sensitive ears. And remember that many pets are also afraid of fireworks, so be sure to secure them in a safe, escape-proof area as midnight approaches.

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