Keep your pets safe from potential holiday dangers

(Amy Fuller via ChimeIn)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Christmastime is upon us and so are big holiday parties and family gatherings. Be sure to keep an eye on your pets, though; the happiest month of the year can be a dangerous time for them.

Every year vets see a jump in calls on Christmas weekend, when pets take advantage of full plates and distracted owners. So no human food-- especially onions and garlic, avocado, chocolate-- especially dairy for cats.

Keeping the food hidden until ready to serve and then clearing the table after dinner will help remove temptation.

Also, different kinds of plants that are inside like poinsettias, and holly and mistletoe can be bad for pets.

Adventurous cats might try to climb a Christmas tree and bigger dogs may knock them over. So make sure it's tethered to avoid accidents.

"Tinsel is actually a big one,” said Jessica Spake, Magrane Pet Medical Center veterinarian. “Cats will eat tinsel because they like to play with string and it can cause intestinal blockages, which can require surgery. Also, glass ornaments can fall off the tree and break, which can cut their paw pads, and they might try to eat them, as well.”

Finally, if you have a nervous pet, a quiet room will give them somewhere to escape and feel safe.

If all else fails and your dog or cat eats something they shouldn't, contact your veterinarian or emergency clinic.

There's also an animal poison control number you can call at (888) 426-4435.

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