Pet safety during the holidays

ELMIRA, N.Y. (18 News) - There is a list of "do's and don'ts'" during the holiday season for pet owners,

The season is full of Christmas trees, presents, homemade food, and decorations. However, what is a holiday treat for you, could be a danger to your pet.

"Sharing our holiday food with our pets is very tempting and I know we all love to do that, but it could really cause some upsets," Tom Geroy, Executive Director of Chemung SPCA, said.

Geroy says to avoid foods with excessive fat, sugars, and chocolate.

However, food is not the only thing that pet owners should be observant about.

"Making sure that the tree is secure to the ground," Arynn Brucie, Community Engagement Manager at Chemung SPCA, said. "If you have kitties, it is probably not a good idea because it's shiny, it attracts cats, and is a choking hazard."

There are also holiday plants that are toxic to animals, such as Poinsettia, Holly, and Mistletoe.

With friends and families getting together, there could also be more activity than usual.

"You don't want them getting overwhelmed, and for them not to have a good holiday season too," Geroy said.

 

 

 


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