Friday, December 14, 2012

For a Safe and Happy Holiday

Christmas is a busy time of the year for most of us, and sometimes safeguarding our pets gets lost in the general chaos that can accompany the season.  I want to remind you of a few things that will help to keep your pets safe and healthy:

If you're entertaining, you may wish to keep your pets in a quiet room away from the noise and activity.  If they're mingling among the guests, make sure you're monitoring them so that they don't share your guests’ holiday foods.

Christmas ornaments should be "pet-friendly".  Avoid using tinsel on trees, as curious animals are attracted by the shiny strings and may swallow them, which can lead to serious injury and expensive surgery.  Ornaments hung on lower tree limbs should not be breakable.  Also, keep your tree free of decorations made of food.

Be careful with Christmas lights. Secure electrical cords and conceal outlets.  Pets may chew on cords.  Remember to keep pets away from open flames.

Some Christmas plants are toxic to pets.  Keep your pets away from mistletoe, holly, poinsettias and amaryllis.  If ingested, these may cause vomiting, diarrhea and other problems.  If your pet has ingested something you're unsure about, call your veterinarian or one of Ottawa's 24 hour emergency clinics.

After gifts have been unwrapped, discard strings and ribbons, which could be dangerous play toys for pets.

You're not the only one looking under the tree with curiosity.  If you don't know what’s in a package, don't leave it under the tree.  You may find out the hard way that Aunt Jane got you a delicious box of Belgian truffles.  Chocolate is toxic for both cats and dogs.

Always ensure that your pet is wearing adequate identification.  With more frequent comings-and-goings, it's easy for your pet to slip out of the house unnoticed and we want to be able to return your pet to you safe and sound.

From our Ottawa Humane Society family to your family, please accept our warmest wishes for a safe and happy holiday.

Bruce Roney, 
Executive Director

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