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Eight ways to make the holidays safe for your pet

submitted by Fetch! Pet Care, www.fetchpetcare.com/yardley

Put your mind at ease by taking time to make your home safe for your pet during the holidays.

Watch the Doors – Use baby gates, a different room, a crate, or leash your pet to prevent them from escaping. Be sure they are wearing ID tags and that their microchip is activated.

Keep Stress Low – Give your pet a quiet room to rest in during the festivities, with comforting items such as their crate, a blanket or bed, and a favorite toy.

Know Bad and Safe Foods – Turkey bones, chocolate, nutmeg, heavy cream, onions, garlic, chives, bread, potatoes, nuts, stuffing, grapes, raisins, alcohol, xylitol and raw meat are dangerous to pets. Safe treats include turkey breast (no skin, gravy or butter), vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, green beans or sweet potato), or raw pumpkin (not pumpkin pie).

Be the “Treat Police” – Ask guests not to feed your pet any table scraps.  Don’t be afraid to say no!

Secure the Trash – Raw food, scraps, packaging and wrappers are dangerous to the digestive system. Cover the trash or put it in a safe spot.

Choose Plants with Care – Poinsettias, holly, mistletoe, amaryllis, Christmas cacti and the Christmas tree can be toxic or deadly to pets. Consider artificial plants. If you choose live ones, keep them well out of your pet’s reach.

Know the Signs – Watch for these symptoms that your pet ingested something they shouldn’t have:  vomiting or diarrhea, excessive drooling, irregular heartbeat, lethargy, seizures or tremors, or a bloated or distended belly. If you see these, go to the vet!

Be Prepared for Emergencies – Keep contact information and directions to the closest emergency vet clinic where you can find them quickly if needed. Put the ASPCA Poison Control Line (1-888-426-4435) on speed dial.

Happy Holidays from the Fetch! family to yours!