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Monday, December 10, 2012

Four Keys to Keeping your Furry Family Members Safe During the Holidays

The holidays can be a stressful time for humans and animals alike, so here are some tips help keep your pets safe.

1. GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE
Many people consider pets to be part of the family – in fact, the majority of Americans give their dogs or cats presents during the holidays, according to several online polls. One gift the Red Cross urges pet lovers to consider giving this year is the gift of life: learn pet first aid and CPR to help your furry family member should emergency strike.

Spots are still open at the next Dog and Cat First Aid training in Denver, 6-10 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19. Check it out and register here: http://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/course-class000000003581680 

Dog and Cat First Aid Guides are also available for purchase at RedCrossStore.org  -- and the Red Cross is offering a 20% holiday discount on all class registrations and Red Cross store purchases through January 31, 2013. Use code HOLIDAY0113 at checkout.

2. CAREFUL WITH THAT COLD WEATHER!
  • During snowstorms dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost, so never let them off of their leash.
  • According to the ASPCA, more dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season, so make sure yours always wears ID tags.
  • During the winter, outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars. When the motor is started, the cat can be injured or killed by the fan belt. If there are outdoor cats in your area, bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine to give the cat a chance to escape.
  • Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.
3. DECK THE HALLS WITH...SAFE DECORATIONS

Decorating for the holidays is an enjoyable time for families and including your furry companions can be fun yet dangerous.
  • Steer clear of toxic plants and dangerous decorations. Pets can choke on items like tinsel, bells and small ornaments.
  • Candles can pose a fire hazard and can easily be tipped over by pets or cause burns. Consider using non-flammable decorations to create your holiday glow.
4. HOLIDAY FOOD FOR THOUGHT
There's more to worry about than gaining a few extra pounds when it comes to pets and holiday foods:
  • Try to keep your pets’ exercise and eating habits as close to normal as possible.
  • Chocolate is toxic to pets, and hard candies can pose a choking hazard. Make sure to store holiday treats in a pet-proof container or location.
  • When cooking, always keep pets (and children) at least 3 feet away from flammable surfaces like stove tops to prevent the risk of fire or injury.

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