It's "the most wonderful time of the year," but some of the things that make our holidays jolly can be hazardous to our four-legged family members. Make sure that this season is merry—not scary—by taking the following precautions to protect your cats and dogs:
·Keep tinsel, ribbons, and ornament hooks away from prying paws. Cats sometimes eat decorations. If you see string hanging from your animal's mouth, never pull it out—it can cut his or her intestines. Call your veterinarian immediately.
·Make sure guests and children don't share holiday treats with animals. Chocolate can be fatal to dogs, and even seemingly innocent foods such as tomatoes, onions, raisins, and grapes can cause deadly reactions in animals.
·Plants such as lilies and holly can sicken or even kill animals if eaten. Choose artificial versions of these plants.
·Guests coming and going provide more opportunities for animals to slip out. Make sure animals wear collars and I.D. tags.
·Save phone numbers for your veterinarian and the nearest emergency veterinarian in your cell phone, so you are prepared in case an emergency happens after-hours or while you're away from home.