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Are Your Pets Safe From Holiday Dangers? Pet Safety Tips from AHS to Help Keep Pets Merry and Bright!

Written by: Arizona Humane Society
Keep your furry friends merry and bright during the holidays with important pet safety tips!

‘Tis the season for celebration! With the holidays just around the corner, AHS wants to ensure every household keeps their pets safe with a few important safety tips for the entire family.

Holiday Plants: Many holiday plants are toxic to animals when ingested, including holly and mistletoe– consider using an artificial plant instead.

Oh, Christmas Tree: When decorating your tree, use plastic ornaments rather than glass, don’t use tinsel, and cover the water of the tree with tinfoil or a blanket. Christmas lights should be kept out of reach of your animals, as loose wires can be harmful to your pets. Securely anchor your tree to prevent it from falling on and potentially injuring your pet.

Safe Place: Give pets a safe, quiet space with fresh water, bedding and toys. If your pet prefers their kennel, make sure it is easily accessible and away from the festivities. New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest days for pets to run away due to fireworks and loud noises. Make sure your dog or cat is in a safe, escape-proof space as the clock ticks closer to midnight, and make sure their microchip and pet ID tag are kept up-to-date.

Travel: If traveling with your pets, make sure ID tags and microchips are updated with correct contact information. Before you leave, pack plenty of your pet’s medication or special food and research animal clinics and hospitals in the area you are staying at in case of emergency. Never leave your pets alone in the car, and ensure that they are safe in a proper carrier or restraint. Don’t forget to take bathroom breaks along the way! 

For any animal poison-related emergency, contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 immediately.

December 22, 2021