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Keep Your Pets Safe This Holiday Season

The BC SPCA reminds animal guardians to take special care to keep their pets healthy and happy during the upcoming holiday season.
"There are particular hazards for animals around this particular season, and we urge people to pay extra attention to their pet's safety," says Lorie Chortyk, Director of Community Relations for the BC SPCA. The SPCA encourages guardians to take the following precautions this holiday season:

  • Keep pets away from tinsel, ribbons, ornaments, and other decorations that can cause choking or internal injuries;
  • Place electrical cords out of the reach of your pet. Chewing on cords can result in serious shock and burns;
  • Mistletoe, holly, poinsettias, Christmas Rose plants, ornamental peppers, and the chemicals mixed into water to extend the life of your Christmas tree can cause injury and even death if ingested by your pet;
  • Keep candy, particularly chocolate, out of the reach of your pets. Chocolate contains a naturally occurring ingredient called theobromine that can be extremely toxic to cats and dogs;
  • Make sure your animals are kept away from all winter chemicals, including anti freeze, which is highly toxic to pets. Mop up any area where chemicals have spilled and consider switching to "pet-friendly" propylene glycol-based antifreeze;
  • Bang the hood of your car several times before starting the engine to alert any cats or other small animals that may have crawled inside for warmth;
  • Make sure your pet has a warm, dry place to sleep. Dogs and cats are best kept indoors during cold weather. If you must leave your animal outside, make sure the animal is protected from the elements and check your pet's water bowl regularly to ensure it hasn't frozen over.
  • Outdoor dogs need more calories in the winter to produce body heat, so increase your outdoor pet's food. Indoor pets, on the other hand, may get less exercise during the cold months, and will need fewer calories in order to maintain a healthy weight."We would also like to remind people that it is best not to surprise anyone, particularly children, with a pet at Christmas," says Chortyk. "Proper guardianship of a pet is a long-term commitment and requires time, energy, and financial resources. The decision to bring a pet into your home should be considered carefully to ensure that the family is able and willing to care for the animal for the duration of its life." Chortyk says puppies and kittens are often dropped off at SPCA shelters in January after the novelty of the Christmas gift has worn off.

"Animals bring so much joy into our lives and they deserve our best care and attention," says Chortyk. "The staff and volunteers at the your local SPCA wish you and your pet a happy and safe holiday season!

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