Keep Pets Safe During the Holidays with Tips from OSU

In *All, Food Safety, Holidays, Safety by Ag is America

As you gear up for the holidays, remember that festive decorations, party foods, and other changes to your daily routine may not be good for your pets. Nothing can spoil holiday cheer like an emergency visit to the veterinarian. Luckily, Oklahoma State University developed tips to keep your furry family members stay safe this holiday season:

  • Christmas trees: Although often a focal point of holiday decorations, Christmas trees can pose several risks to pets. Tree water may contain fertilizers, and stagnant water is a breeding ground for bacteria. Your pet could experience upset stomach, nausea, or diarrhea from drinking tree water.
  • Tinsel: Because pets tend to gravitate towards all things sparkly, you may want to rethink putting tinsel on the tree. If your pet swallows tinsel, it could lead to severe vomiting, dehydration, and possibly a digestive obstruction.
  • Lights: Although strings of lights and other light-up decorations are beautiful, they may be tempting for pets. Make sure cords are out of reach to avoid an accident.

For more tips on keeping your pets safe during the holidays, read more here

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