The 12 Days of Christmas is a popular song this time of year. LA Animal Services would like to see its six safety tips for pets share some of that popularity.
LA Animal Services offered some safety tips for pets to keep them safe and healthy during the holidays. All the decorations and treats can be potentially dangerous to pets. Here are some ways to keep the holidays happy for pets and their owners.
- Dangerous decorations: Tinsel might be a feast for the eyes, but it can also be a danger to pets if eaten. Tinsel can cause intestinal blockage. Ornaments and glass decorations can cause injuries as well. Place tinsel and decorations out of reach from pets.
Electric lights and wires brighten any holiday scene, but they can cause burns if chewed.
Christmas trees offer a safe haven for gifts and treats. Pets can also easily topple them over. Tie down trees to a door frame or wall to prevent them from falling down. If the tree is real, cover the water because it might contain fertilizer or other harmful contaminants.
- Perilous plants: Poinsettias present dangers to pets if they are eaten. There are other flowers and plants that can be harmful to pets too. Amaryllis, holly, lilies and mistletoe can make pets sick and can be deadly if eaten.
- Frightening food: Sharing holiday meals with pets is not the best idea. Pets can overeat if it’s not monitored and some people food does not sit well with pets. Turkey and chicken bones can be deadly to dogs. Make a pet treat goody bag instead.
- Naughty noisemakers: Loud noises, poppers and music can create scary settings for some pets. Make a safe place for pets when things get a little loud at holiday parties.
- Pet-proof the house: Sometimes holiday parties happen at somebody else’s house or venue. Plan ahead by not leaving any tempting items out for pets when they are left alone. Unplug decorations and put toys and food away before leaving.
- Update IDs: In case pets escape during the holidays, make sure their licenses and ID tags have current contact information. This will ensure many happy returns.
LA Animal Service Centers are offering a Holiday Adoption Event until Christmas Eve. Dogs and puppies will be available to adopt for reduced fees and cats and kittens for waived fees on Dec. 21, 22 and 24. The Holiday Adoption Event is made possible from a grant from ASPCA.