Keep­ing pets safe dur­ing the hol­i­days

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Prairies - CON­TRIB­UTED

The Saskatchewan SPCA would like to re­mind pet own­ers to keep their pets safe dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son.

Foods such as choco­late and treats sweet­ened with xyl­i­tol (gum, some peanut but­ters, baked goods), grapes, and raisins can cause dogs and cats to fall ill. Other foods, in­clud­ing macadamia nuts, onions, gar­lic, chives, and salty snack foods also pose health risks for pets. Al­co­hol may lead to se­vere health com­pli­ca­tions, in­clud­ing coma and death.

Avoid giv­ing your pet tur­key bones as these bones could be­come a chok­ing haz­ard or do dam­age to in­ter­nal or­gans.

When it comes to dec­o­ra­tions, prop­erly se­cure Christ­mas trees to avoid in­juries from a fall­ing ev­er­green. En­sure plants such as poin­set­tias, mistle­toe, and holly are kept out of reach as these plants may cause pets to ex­pe­ri­ence nau­sea, vom­it­ing, and di­ar­rhea. Keep elec­tri­cal cords tucked away to pre­vent pets from chewing on dan­gling wires. Pre­vent pets from swal­low­ing bat­ter­ies by plac­ing bat­ter­ies in a se­cure stor­age space.

Fi­nally, can­dles should be placed in a lo­ca­tion that is in­ac­ces­si­ble to pets. If you leave the room, en­sure the can­dle’s flame has been ex­tin­guished. This will pre­vent burn in­juries and fire.

Fol­low­ing these steps will help to en­sure the safety of our furry com­pan­ions through­out the hol­i­days and be­yond.

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