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7 Ways to Keep Your Pets Safe Around the Holidays

Everyone wants to keep their loved ones safe during the holidays. Sometimes “loved ones” include pets.

BluePearl Veterinary Partners has released a list of seven things pet owners should keep in mind around the holidays to keep their furry friends safe.

  • Keep holiday decorations out of reach. Ingestion of metal or glass ornaments, ribbons and tinsel is a medical emergency. They can cause severe damage to the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Place holiday plants high off the ground. Ivy, holly, poinsettia, lilies and evergreens can be toxic to animals if ingested.
  • Seal garbage bags and place them in tightly covered containers to prevent pets from getting into something that could injure them.
  • Keep pets away from turkey bones, chicken bones and ham bones that can splinter and perforate the intestinal tract.
  • Keep your pets on their normal diets. Many spices and foods that are safe for humans are not safe for animals. Onions, garlic, chocolate, raisins, grapes, macadamia nuts, the sugar substitute xylitol and raw or undercooked food can be poisonous to pets.
  • Make sure as guests and deliveries come and go pets remain safely inside. Doors left open can result in your pet being hit by a car.
  • If traveling with pets, make sure they are comfortable. Try to get them acclimated when they are young by taking them on trips. If needed, your veterinarian can assist with remedies to calm your pet.

For more information and to find a BluePearl Veterinary Partners in your area, please visit

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