As you get into the holiday spirit, it's only natural to include your pets in the excitement. But there are a few simple things to keep in mind to help keep your fur kid safe!
*Christmas Trees - Oh so beautiful, to both you and your pet. Make sure your tree is securely anchored to prevent any tipping. Try replacing metal ornament hooks with knotted fabric or ribbon that will easily slip over the branches. Those nasty hooks can do a lot of damage to curious paws. And forego tinsel this year. Kitties can't resist the sparkly stuff that is so fun to bat around, but if swallowed it can cause serious injury. If your pet is extremely curious, you may want to spray your tree with an anti-chew repellant before decorating.
*Holiday Plants - Many holiday plants and flowers can be quite toxic. Some of the big favorites this season like holly, mistletoe, lilies, and poinsettias are all harmful for our 4 legged friends. Try decorating with silk flowers instead.
*Around the House - Keep gift ribbons and bows out of sight to prevent chewing and swallowing. Beware of leaving lit candles unattended. Pets may burn themselves or cause a fire by knocking candles over. With all of the beautiful lights and decorations this season also comes lots of wires and cords. Be sure to keep wires and extension cords out of reach or covered up. A chewed wire can deliver an electric shock. And look out for doors left open. Holiday deliveries, guests dropping by, and quick trips outside can all lead to a door left open and your pet wandering outside alone!
*Create a Room or Space - Give your furry friend his own space to retreat to. Provide with fresh water and a warm bed. This will allow your pet to hide out away from the holiday hubbub! This can be as simple as their crate tucked away in a quiet space or as elaborate as their own room in the house to hide away in.
*If you are thinking of adding a new pet to your family this holiday season, make sure you opt to adopt. Houston Humane Society has hundreds of dogs and cats currently waiting to find their very own forever family. You can visit in person at 14700 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX 77053, or online at www.houstonhumane.org.