Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Protecting Your Pet: Holiday Safety For Pets
Much of what we love about the holidays -- the food, the decorations, and the parties can be hazardous to our four-legged friends, but you can protect your pets. Health Specialist Marilyn Mitzel shows us how to make the holidays a safe, tail-wagging experience.
WSVN -- It was the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring --- not even a…Well -- not exactly.
Most of us are so busy during the holidays we forget about our pets.
That's why this time of year they're more likely to get lost - sick or have an accident.
Dr. Jan Bellows from Hometown Animal Hospital: "It's very important for people to really pay attention to their pets during the holidays."
The glitter - the lights - eye candy to animals - can turn into a holiday hazard.
Dr. Jan Bellows: "It's bright. It is shiny. They're drawn to it and they don't know it can hurt them."
Make sure the tree is secure - even out of reach.
Help discourage climbing by spraying ammonia or bitter apple - animals hate the taste and smell.
Caroline Crane from the Humane Society of Broward County: "Put the dangling type and breakable ornaments on the top of the tree."
Don't keep presents with ribbons and bows under the tree - animals may chew on them.
That tree water is dangerous too.
Dr. Jan Bellows: "That water is a cesspool of disease and poisons."
Don't let them drink it.
An artificial tree may be a better alternative.
And careful with holiday plants.
Caroline Crane: "The poinsettias, holly and mistletoe are poisonous to your pets."
To prevent burns or electrocution - candles and extension cords must be out of sight.
Dr. Jan Bellows: "The number one worry is tinsel."
Dr. Jan Bellows: "It gets caught in the intestines and acts as a saw back and forth and it can kill them."
No table scraps - keep alcoholic beverages out of reach.
Put pets in a secure room when you have guests.
Caroline Crane: "Supervision, supervision, supervision around the holidays."
And to all a good night.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Broward County Humane Society
Dr. Jan Bellows
Hometown Animal Hospital & Dental Clinic