Patt Morrison for December 14, 2011

Keeping your pets safe during the hustle and bustle of the holidays

Pet Dog Show In Changchun

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Schnauzers dressed in festive Santa suits are shown during a pet dog show held by the Jilin Pet Industry Association on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2007 in Changchun of Jilin Province, China.

The holidays can bring out some peculiar behavior in people, and pets aren’t immune to the chaos.

Unfortunately, as people get caught up with all of the holiday festivities and food, it's easy to lose track of what our pets need. Dogs and cats, for example, are sometimes accidentally allowed access to chocolate, poinsettias, or mistletoe, all of which can be fatal to our four-legged friends. Before you give your loved one a new puppy or new kitty this holiday season, make sure you take all of the necessary safety precautions into consideration, like keeping plants, flowers, alcoholic drinks and electric wiring out of reach.


How do your pets spend the holidays? If you’ve ever given or received a pet as a holiday gift, tell us your story.


Aimee Gilbreath, executive director, Found Animals Foundation

Michael Chill, dog trainer, behavior specialist

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