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Keep pets safe from holiday dangers

It's the holiday season, and when it's cold out, nothing is quite as nice as cuddling up next to your family pet. Nylabone, a dog toy and treat manufacturing company, offers these tips for a safe and enjoyable holiday season with your pet.

Watch the sweets: While we love the chocolate-covered everything and sweet goodies galore that come with the holidays, our pet friends really can't eat those things. Make sure to keep them out of reach (and out of sniffing zone) so your pet doesn't accidentally find them.

Low-rise: Sometimes we forget that our pet friends are just a tiny bit shorter than we are (usually). Be sure to keep low-hanging and tiny ornaments out of reach.

Faux is the way to go: While holiday shrubbery is a festive way to add natural color to your seasonal decor, make sure they aren't dangerous to your pet's stomach. Some holiday plants can even be toxic to pets like dogs and cats. If they are, keep them out of reach or opt for something fake (and just as chic) instead.

Day glow: Lights can glow, but you really don't want your pet eating the pretty lights you have laced about your home. Keep them tucked away where your pet can't chew on them.

Tidy up: While the frenzy of gift unwrapping is fun, pets can start to eat the wrapping paper if you leave it out for too long. Throw away all of the tiny pieces of wrapping paper and trim to avoid a pet with a paper-filled tummy.

Freshen up: Clean water is important to keeping your holiday plants fresh, but 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.

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

Glass smash: While glass ornaments are classy and beautiful, they can easily break and injure your unassuming (or hungry) pet. Stay with nonbreakable ornaments.

Crowd surfing: Pets can get excited during the holidays, and because of their size, it all adds up to a bad equation. Keep them in a safe, comfortable room with food and water during big entertaining events.

Chugga-chugga-chew-chew! Pets often chew on decorations, so avoid the catastrophe and give your pet his or her own chew toy so your holiday decorations will remain chew-free.

Keep pets safe from holiday dangers 11/23/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 2:00am]

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