|Purred: Tue Nov 20, '07 11:02am PST |
|With colder winter weather on its way -- not to mention the busy holiday season -- pets need a little extra loving care. Below are some precautions you can take to ensure a happy holiday season for the furry members of your family.
Beware the Elements
Keep pets inside when the temperature drops. Cats can get frostbite and should be kept indoors year-round. Many dog breeds, such as greyhounds, are also highly susceptible to the cold.
Make sure antifreeze is inaccessible, and clean up any spills in your garage immediately. Antifreeze has a sweet taste animals find irresistible, but it can be deadly if swallowed.
Give Thanks, Not Turkey Bones
Keep turkey, ham or any other leftover bones away from pets. Bones can tear or obstruct your pet’s intestinal tract.
Don’t “stuff” your pets. Found in abundance in turkey stuffing, onions can destroy a dog’s red blood cells, leading to anemia. In addition, rich, fatty foods like turkey skin or gravy can cause pancreatitis in animals.
Decorate With an Eye for Safety
Keep enticing tinsel, ribbons and garlands away from pets. If ingested, these can become lodged in animals’ intestines, causing life-threatening obstructions.
Secure or cover light cords to deter chewing. Pet-proof extension cords are an even better way to make sure your pet does not shock or electrocute himself.
Give the Gift of Life
Adopt a new friend. If you’re thinking of bringing a pet home for the holidays, remember to adopt from your local shelter or a breed-specific rescue group. That way, you can gain a new best friend and save a life.
Donate to help save homeless pets. If you can’t adopt a pet yourself, you can still make a difference. Leading cat food producer 9Lives® and American Humane are both committed to rescuing the millions of abandoned and homeless cats in shelters across the country. 9Lives® Morris’ Million Cat Rescue™ is currently on a nationwide tour to facilitate the adoption of 1 million cats. Partnering with local animal shelters in top markets across the country, 9Lives® has already placed more than 600,000 felines in loving homes. Your donation will help 9Lives® and American Humane bring some much-needed holiday cheer to cats in need!
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