Pima Animal Care Center offers tips to keep pets safe during holidays
CREATED Nov. 26, 2012
TUCSON (KGUN 9-TV) - While the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, they can also be dangerous for you and your pets. Pima Animal Care Center wants you to be aware of the safety hazards that can be found in your home this holiday season.
Poinsettias and mistletoe, if ingested, create gastrointestinal problems for your pets. Keep them out of reach of your animals or consider decorating with artificial plants.
Make sure that your pets aren't replacing their water bowl for the Christmas tree stand that feeds your tree. Bacteria and chemicals can reside in the water and on the sides of the stand. Also, make sure the tree is secure so that curious pets will not knock over the tree, possibly causing damage or injury.
Many decorations can be a hazard to your pets. Cats love to play with and eat tinsel. Keeps bulbs, ornaments and other decorations high enough so pets will not step on them, or chew or swallow them. Shards can cause lacerations or intestinal injury. Keep lit candles out of range too.
While pets love being fed from the dinner table, an overweight pet is unhealthy. Keep your pets' diet on track and exercise routinely. Take out the trash frequently or keep it out of range; canine's love making it disappear. Also, bones can be very hazardous to an animal's digestive tract and they can even choke.
Lastly, let your animals have their own space! It can be overwhelming for them to be in the middle of all the holiday chaos.
Pima Animal Care Center is open from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. weekdays and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekends.