Tips for pets during the holidays

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The holidays can create special dangers for your pets.

Here are a few tips to help keep your pets safe during this special time of year:

-- Increased activity and visitors during the holiday season can upset your pet's routine.

Try to keep your pet on his or her regular schedule for feeding and exercise and be sure they get plenty of love.

-- If you are planning to take your pet with you when visiting friends and relatives during the holiday season, be sure to contact them in advance to find out if your pet is welcome.

Because of the excitement during this season, it might be best for you and your pet to board your pet or hire a reputable pet sitter.

-- Alcoholic beverages, holiday treats such as chocolates, rich, fatty food scraps and bones from poultry, pork and fish can be harmful or toxic to pets.

Keep your pet on his regular diet and caution visitors against giving your pet "special treats."

-- Holly and mistletoe can be poisonous.

Keep toxic plants out of your pet's and children's reach.

Of course garland, tinsel and glass ornaments can be dangerous if your pet eats or chews on them.

-- Never put ribbons or yarn around your pet's neck and do not allow your pet to play with plastic or foil wrappings or 6-pack beverage holders.

(Courtesy of Fort Defiance Humane Society)

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