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Holiday Pet Safety
‘Tis the season
Safety first!

This time of year is filled with special foods, decorations and activities. I love the celebrations, but I am also cautious about them in some ways. At the risk of sounding un-festive, I always feel like shouting, “It’s all fun and games until somebody loses an eye!” (Actually, since becoming a Mom, this is actually something I HAVE said, and not just as a joke.) Perhaps because I have heard tragic tales of every type that relate to beloved pets, I am eager to share what I know about the dangers to avoid. I recently wrote about pet safety during the holidays for my local paper.

 
For dogs, the main risks related to the various holidays celebrated around the time of the winter solstice are poisoning (plants, chocolate, grapes and raisins), choking (tinsel, ribbons, turkey bones, small ornaments and hard candy), and excessive fats (turkey and ham drippings). Fire is also a danger. Whether the candles in your house are kindled for eight days, serve as a reminder of the light that appeared in the east, or simply provide ambiance, open flames require constant tending.
 
Take care over the holidays. I don’t want to hear any sad tales this year about you and yours.

 

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Karen B. London, PhD, is a Bark columnist and a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of serious behavior problems in the domestic dog.

Photo of Fiona by Mychelle Blake.

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