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
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.
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.
Thanks, Not Turkey Bones
turkey, ham or any other leftover bones away from pets. Bones can tear
or obstruct your pet’s intestinal tract.
“stuff” your pets. Found in abundance in turkey stuffing, onions can
destroy a dog’s red blood cells, leading to anaemia. In addition, rich,
fatty foods like turkey skin or gravy can cause pancreatitis in animals.
With an Eye for Safety
enticing tinsel, ribbons and garlands away from pets. If ingested,
these can become lodged in animals’ intestines, causing
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
the Gift of Life
a new friend.
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. 9 Lives and American Humane are
committed to rescuing the millions of abandoned and homeless cats in
shelters across the country. 9 Lives 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, 9 Lives has already placed more than 600,000 felines in loving
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