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Keeping Pets Safe Over Christmas


Dr. Heather Loenser

Let’s keep pets safe and out of the animal ER over Christmas. From the American Animal Hospital Association, I speak on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show with senior veterinary officer Dr. Heather Loenser. I start with hazards regarding Christmas trees, and first on that list is tinsel. She says categorically “Don’t buy tinsel.” And she explains tinsel is dangerous, hardly keeping pets safe.

Tie up the tree, she says, so it can’t easily be knocked over.

Did you know those snow globes contain anti freeze….which can cause fast kidney failure in pets. So make sure those snow globes are kept at a place where it breaks the pets can’t lap it up.

We talk about birth control pills to add to water to keep trees alive? Does that really help?

We talk about how dangerous a sugar substitute called Xylitol is. So, sugar-free brownies (of course, that’s chocolate, which is toxic) with Xylitol is a double-whammy – and really dangerous if pets get into it.

More tips on keeping pets safe over the Christmas Howliday.

And info on minimizing anxiety over the holidays.




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