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6 Winter Pet Safety Tips

December 15, 2016

Each winter, we commonly see dogs and cats that have gotten into mischief and need veterinary care. Let’s reduce the number of accidents this seasonĀ and keep pets safe! Here are our top six pet safety tips for winter and the holidays.

6 Winter Pet Safety TipsDecoration Danger

Pets can get into trouble easily around holiday decorations. Keep these considerations in mind for your pet’s safety:

  • No tinsel
  • Cover the water under your Christmas tree
  • Use metal and string to hang ornaments
  • Tape down electric cords
  • Put out candles when you leave the room

Antifreeze is Toxic

Cold weather chemicals like antifreeze are deadly poison for pets! Keep them out of reach and sealed.

6 Winter Pet Safety TipsCaring for Outdoor Pets

Winter is difficult for outdoor pets. Make sure any animals outside have:

  • Fresh, unfrozen water
  • Warm bedding
  • Wind-free shelter

Poisonous Plants

Many house plants are dangerous to cats or dogs, including:

  • Poinsettias
  • Holly
  • Mistletoe
  • Lilies

Avoid having these live plants in your house. Instead, opt for artificial plants. It will keep your hungry and curious pets safe!

Foods to Avoid

Some holiday foods are loaded with bad stuff for pets. Don’t share any of these foods with your pet:

  • Chocolate
  • Alcohol
  • Bones
  • Onions and garlic
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Candy

Young and Old Pets

Elderly and infant pets are the most vulnerable in cold weather. Keeps trips outside short and bundle them up!

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