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The 12 Days of Christmas: Pet Hazards Series


… what’s the most dangerous Christmas plant you can bring into your home and have around your pets this holiday season?
    A.    Cyclamen
    B.    Poinsettia
    C.    Mistletoe
    D.    Holly
    E.    Contrary to (very) popular belief, NOT the Poinsettia

Did you choose answer “E”?

If so, good for you. If not, don’t worry, you’re not even remotely alone. Nor would you be alone if you thought that a “Cyclamen” was a group of hipsters riding unicycles, while sipping artisan coffee, wearing skinny jeans, and singing Christmas Carols.

We at Preventive Vet want you and your pets to have a fun, joyous, safe, and healthy holiday season. Yet we also realize that you’ve likely got lots of shopping, planning, wrapping, cooking, and other things still to do — and that’s before the blur that is Christmas Day even arrives!

To help, we’ve put together for you this Pet Hazard Series of the 12 Days of Christmas. Below are 12 common Christmas pet hazards that we feel belong on Santa’s “naughty” list — after all, St. Nick is a huge pet lover, right? Each hazard is listed below, along with some important quick-look information and awareness. And there's more in-depth information in the article, so you’ll have all the awareness and tips you need to ensure that your pets receive the greatest present you can give them… a happy, healthy, safe time with you and your family.

The 12 Days of Christmas: Pet Hazards Series

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Topics: Dog Safety, Cat Safety, pet safety, holiday pet safety tips, Christmas pet hazards, Poinsettias

Pet Safety – When Holiday Houseguests Come to Visit

Gifts, holiday foods, and food preparation materials aren’t the only dangers your pets are likely to face during the holiday season. Along with the presents, wrapping, and large meals common this time of year, this is also often a time for a revolving door of house visitors and overnight guests. And whether those guests are neighbors and friends popping in briefly from down the street, or friends and family coming to stay from across the country, many will inadvertently bring with them toxins and other pet hazards that could ruin your holiday. With some important awareness and some simple precautions, you’ll be able to welcome your friends and family warmly and with open arms, without compromising your pet’s safety and well-being.

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Topics: Dog Safety, Cat Safety, pet safety tips, pet safety, Lilies, Xylitol, holiday safety, Cats, chocolate toxicity in dogs, Dog, Dog Tips, Cat Tips, Christmas pet hazards, Pet Hazards at Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Safety, Christmas pet dangers, Pet safety and houseguests, Poinsettias

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Please do not ask emergency or other specific medical questions about your pets in the blog comments. As an online informational resource, Preventive Vet is unable to and does not provide specific medical advice or counseling. A thorough physical exam, patient history, and an established veterinary-patient-client relationship is required to provide specific medical advice. If you are worried that your pet is having an emergency or if you have specific medical questions related to your pet’s current or chronic medical conditions, please contact or visit your veterinarian, an animal-specific poison control hotline, or your local emergency veterinary care center.

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