We love this time of year – the garish decorations as much as the tasteful ones, hearing The Little Drummer Boy for the billionth time, the shopping, especially for our pets, the food, the parties.
And, speaking of parties, here we go being the party poopers again going on and on about holiday dangers.
But somebody has to do it.
Here are some tips for common sense holiday safety, courtesy of our friends at the ASPCA:
1. Make sure your Christmas tree is set up so that so it can’t tip and fall. Sure there are thousands of hilarious YouTube videos of cats crashing Christmas trees, but it’s not so funny when it happens in your house.
2. Contrary to popular belief, poinsettias are harmless but you should avoid mistletoe and holly. Holly can cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. And many varieties of lilies can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested. Opt for just-as-jolly artificial plants made from silk or plastic, or choose a pet-safe bouquet.
3. Nix the tinsel. It looks tacky anyway (in our opinion) and cats think it’s a toy to play with and carry around. But if they swallow it the stuff can cause an obstructed digestive tract with severe vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery. You probably already have enough cat vomit without asking for more. We like to put little silvery metal icicles on our tree. They add sparkle and have no resemblance to a cat toy.
4. Obviously don’t leave lighted candles unattended and make sure than any lighted candles are on a stable surface. Dogs run into things – we all know that – so why risk harm to them or your family by being careless with flames.
5. This one is obvious too, but it never hurts to have a reminder. Keep wires, batteries and glass or plastic ornaments out of your pets’ reach. A wire can deliver a serious electrical shock and a punctured battery can cause burns. Pieces of breakable ornaments can damage your pet’s mouth and digestive tract.
Now, after you take all these tedious but important precautions—go out and have a good time, buy presents for your furry family, and donate to the Oswego County Humane Society so more furry friends can find homes!
The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.
Located at 110 W. Second St., Oswego, NY.
Phone: (315) 2,07-1070.
Email: [email protected]
Because People and Pets Are Good for Each Other.