Tips for keeping your pets safe this holiday season

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By now, you probably have decked the halls with boughs of holly and hung the stockings with care.

But did you give any thought to your pets as you were checking your to-do list twice?

Erika Edwards has some tips to make sure your pets remain safe during the holidays.

Kids aren’t the only ones excited for Santa.

Don’t let this smug pug fool you — pets can enjoy the holidays, too!

But with excitement can come stress for our four-legged friends.

“There’s often a lot of commotion,” said Dr. Kelly Baete, Baxter Veterinary Clinic.

Veterinarian Dr. Kelly Baete says the best way to decrease the pet stress is to get them moving.

“A tired dog is usually a more quiet and happier dog,” explained Dr. Baete. 

Curious cats may be drawn to Christmas trees! But decorations can be harmful.

“Avoiding things like tinsel or ribbons because cats like to play with stringy things like that and sometimes they will try to eat it and that can make them very sick if they were to get into that,” said Dr. Baete. 

Poinsettias can lead to upset stomachs if pets eat them.

If you have these holiday plants in your home, make sure they are not in a location that your pet can reach, or jump onto, such as tables.

And watch where you leave Santa’s cookies!

“Definitely keep those treats up on the table and not down low like on the fireplace, or down low where they can get to it,” said Dr. Baete.

If they behave maybe Santa will leave them some treats under the tree.

Chocolate has been known to give dogs upset stomachs, but the raisins in fruitcakes can be even more toxic.

And if your pet is really stressed out, check with your vet.

They may be able to prescribe a medication or supplement that could help reduce anxiety.

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