The holidays are an exciting and busy time for families, but festive traditions can lead to accidents or illness for your pet.
[MUSIC PLAYING] The holidays are an exciting and busy time for families, but festive traditions can lead to accidents or illness for your pet. Prepare a safe environment for your dog or cat by keeping these top 10 holiday hazards in mind. Ideally, your holiday tree should be in a room that your pet cannot access. But if that's not possible, secure the tree to prevent it from falling on your pet, pick up sharp needles around the tree to keep your pet from eating them, and cover your water basin securely to keep her pet from drinking water that could harbor bacteria. Keep glass ornaments, tinsel, and lights out of reach by placing them higher on your tree, and either cover or tape down electrical cords to keep your pet from chewing them. Always supervise your pet around presents, because ribbons and bows can cause intestinal obstructions if ingested. A curious pet may even chew her way into presents containing toxic foods or small parts that pose choking hazards. Live plants like holly, poinsettias, and lilies can be poisonous if eaten. Place them in areas your pet cannot reach. Do the same with burning candles and hot liquid potpourri. Even dry potpourri can be harmful if ingested. Having company over is one of the great joys of the holidays, but hosting guests and holiday parties increase the activity and noise levels in your home. If your pet is sensitive to strangers, create a safe space in a quiet room that's equipped with a bed, food, and water, so your pet can relax and get away from the action. Be sure all ID tags are up to date, too. The chance of having your pets sneak out increases with the number of guests going in and out of your home. And if your pet is an escape artist like this one, keep her away from doors altogether. Be aware of any house guests taking medications and store all containers out of reach. Accidental ingestion is the number one reason pet parents call poison control during the holidays. Another hazard that can make its way into your pet's stomach is alcohol. Liquor can depress your pet's nervous system and cause vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and seizures. And though it's tempting to give our pets those tasty, fatty meat table scraps from delicious holiday meals, keep in mind that the methods we use for preparing meats like ham, duck, and venison can cause stomach upset in pets. In this case, what's good for the goose is not good for the gander. Finally, don't forget that your pet, like toddlers, will play with just about anything it finds lying around. To avoid possible choking and accidental ingestion, get your dog or cat an engaging new pet toy that's to their liking. From chew toys and squeaking noise makers to calming toys and catnip ones, there's something for every pet at your local Petco. If you follow these tips, you and your pets will enjoy a safe and happy holiday season. [MUSIC PLAYING]