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Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - November 29, 2013

12 Days of Pet-Safe Holidays

The holidays can be a hectic time for everyone. While you're busily gearing up for guests and parties, it's important to remember your pet's safety to ensure a festive and fun season is enjoyed by all.

From bright decorations to holiday house guests, it can be easy to overlook a few household dangers that may cause harm to your favorite companions. Here are a few things to keep in mind to keep your fuzzy friend safe and jolly this holiday:

12 Covered Cords

Cords used for holiday lights can be tempting to chew for many pets. Take time to tape down or cover cords to help prevent shocks, burns or other serious injuries.

11 Tempting Table Scraps

Rich scraps such as drippings, gravy and poultry skin can cause pets to suffer from upset stomach, diarrhea and even pancreatitis, which are not only terribly painful but can be fatal. Giving your dog poultry bones is also a bad idea as the bones can splinter and get stuck in your dog's gastrointestinal tract.

10 Radiant Ribbons

Cats may be interested in playing with or eating tinsel and ribbons hanging from trees. These decorations should be placed high on the tree or not used at all because they can potentially cause serious intestinal damage if swallowed.

9 Dinging Doorbells

Consider putting your dogs on a leash before people start arriving. Not only will you be able to control them if they begin to jump, you'll also avoid them running out the door.

8 Tasty Treats

Keep human party snacks out of reach for animals and offer pet-friendly options instead.

7 Quiet Corners

Provide pets with a quiet place to retreat so they can choose whether to come out and visit or keep to themselves when company arrives.

6 Patient Puppies

Tell your guests that your puppy is in training, and it needs to be polite before they say "hello" to it. Have your dog sit, using a treat if necessary, and once it's sitting and calm let your guests pet it.

5 Perilous Plants

Mistletoe, holly berries and poinsettia plants are all poisonous for dogs, so skip them as decorations or make sure they are out of reach.

4 Guarded Glasses

Alcohol and pets do not mix. Place alcoholic drinks safely out of reach and patrol the party to be sure your guests do the same. Alcohol poisoning can be fatal.

3 Calming Coats

Using a ThunderShirt can calm a nervous dog by applying gentle pressure to the body. In addition to the traditional coat, there are now cold weather ThunderSweater and ThunderCoat options.

2 Nearby Numbers

Keep contact information for your veterinarian and the nearest emergency veterinary clinic readily available in case of a holiday mishap.

1 Towering Tree

Seasonal trees are sure to attract a pet's attention and should be secured to keep from toppling over if a pet should try to climb them, use as a scratching post or simply bumps into them.

--Family Features

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