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Make Sure Your Furry Friends Have a Happy and Safe Holiday

Make Sure Your Furry Friends Have a Happy and Safe Holiday

While you're making your holiday plans, don't forget about those other family members who bring us so much joy: the four-legged ones. Here's a checklist with a few simple precautions to protect your cats or dogs from harm during holiday festivities.
* Try to route electric cords away from where your pets can reach them. Puppies and kittens love to chew on things, including wires; they can easily gnaw through insulation and receive a painful shock or be electrocuted. But never run cords under carpets; walking on them could damage the insulation and cause a fire. Check your local pet store for chew-proof plastic sleeves that you can wrap around wires, or bitter-tasting liquids that you can apply to discourage your pet from nibbling on something dangerous.
* Keep tinsel, decorations, and the hooks for hanging them out of reach of inquisitive pets.
If you're wondering what may tempt a pet, you might find it helpful to get on your hands and knees and view the world from their perspective.
* Cover the water in your tree stand, which can make your pet sick if they drink it. Likewise, certain holiday plants like poinsettias, mistletoe berries, holly, and amaryllis, if ingested, may also poison your pet.
*Prevent your dog or cat from knocking over your tree by attaching the tree to the ceiling or wall with fishing line.
* Mount indoor lights high enough to prevent pets from becoming entangled in them.

From the Leviton Institute. Used with permission.

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