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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Danger lurks for pets over the holidays



cat.jpgFrom chocolate treats to chewing on decorations, there a lot of deadly distractions around the house during the holidays. This warning list had a few I hadn't thought of, such as low-hanging lights and breakable ornaments. Good to know

Among the warnings:

Keep the sweets, especially chocolate, out of reach (and out of sniffing zone) so your pet doesn't accidentally find them.

Keep low-hanging and tiny ornaments out of reach.

Faux may be the way to go for some holiday shrubbery. Some holiday plants, such as mistletoe and pointsettias, can even be toxic to pets like dogs and cats.

Keep the pretty lights them tucked away where your pet can't chew on them.

While the frenzy of gift unwrapping is fun, pets can start to eat the wrapping paper if you leave it out for too long.

If your tree has sap, chemicals or fertilizer and your pet can reach the water, you might be in for an unpleasant surprise. Cover up the base with a tree skirt to prevent your pet from stealing a sip.

Secure large items around your home to walls to make sure your pet doesn't accidentally knock them over.

Keep nonbreakable ornaments down low or at least the glass ones out of reach.

Give your pet his or her own chew toy so your holiday decorations will remain chew-free.

--Sharon Kennedy Wynne

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