Tuesday, December 18, 2012
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Angela Speed
Keep your pets safe from toxic plants, foods and
other holiday dangers
MILWAUKEE - The Wisconsin Humane Society would like to remind families to keep their animals safe this holiday season. Holiday festivities, decorations and visitors often present unique situations that can be harmful to your animals. Follow these simple tips to keep your four-legged friends safe and happy!
• Keep holiday treats out of reach. Chocolate, macadamia nuts, raisins, chicken bones, grapes, onions, candies and bread dough can all cause serious health problems for your companion animal. For a list of additional toxic and dangerous foods, click here.
• Be aware that some popular holiday plants can be toxic if ingested. These include, but are not limited to, holly, mistletoe, azalea, hibiscus, amaryllis and Christmas rose. The jury is still out on poinsettias, but it is advised to keep them out of reach just in case.
• Your cat may see your holiday tree as new territory to explore… and conquer. Avoid glass ornaments, tinsel and low-hanging decorations. Also, keep Fido out of the tree stand’s water, which can cause gastrointestinal problems.
• Tinsel, string, ribbon and yarn will all be seen as delightful toys, especially to your cat, but they can cause serious internal damage if swallowed.
• Don’t place holiday candles within reach of Fido. The pretty flame can be an enticement and candles can easily be knocked over. To keep your household safe, never leave a candle burning while you are away or sleeping.
• Keep all of those extra electrical cords from being a tempting toy. Don’t allow cords to dangle or run loosely across the floor. Keep all of them safely taped down and unplug them when you are not home.
• With all the holiday traffic, provide a quiet oasis where your animals can retreat to if they become overwhelmed with all the commotion. Likewise, if you host a party, be sure Sparky doesn’t try to make a clever escape with one of your guests.
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Note: To schedule an interview with a Wisconsin Humane Society representative, contact Angela Speed at (414) 431-6104. There are also many animals available for adoption who are looking for homes for the holidays.
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