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Holiday Hazards: Keep your pet safe this festive winter season

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Red and green lights twinkle on evergreen branches, gently intertwined with shimmering silver tinsel. The aroma of chocolate chip and gingerbread cookies wafts lazily through homes bustling with excited children. The holiday season is replete with colorful decorations and delicious foods, but it is important to remember that this time of year can present special hazards for pets. Follow these tips so you can enjoy the holiday at home with your loved ones instead of at the emergency room.

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Halloween Safety

Three puppies wearing Halloween costumes with a pumpkin bucket filled with treats.

After an evening of trick-or-treating in the neighborhood, your child’s cheeks are rosy from the chilly autumn air as he tosses aside his cowboy hat in favor of a bag overflowing with hard-earned treats. Several hours later, Buddy, the normally happy family Labrador Retriever, is groaning in the corner, surrounded by candy wrappers and several piles of vomit, having fallen prey to his sweet tooth.

This year, as you and your children don your costumes and gather candy from around the neighborhood, don’t forget that another member of the family may be up to some mischief as well. Halloween is a common time for our pets to be exposed to potentially harmful foods.

Some potential dangers in the Halloween goodie bag include:

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