Recognizing Holiday Dangers

iStock_000000063715XSmallYesterday we shared some tips on recognizing and reducing holiday pet stress from PurinaCare Pet Health Insurance. Today we wanted to pass along their list of some of the most common pet dangers related to the holidays:

  • TASTES: Chocolate, alcohol, raisins, Christmas tree preservative
  • SCENTS: Candles, liquid potpourris
  • CHEWABLES: Holiday lights, electrical cords, batteries
  • SIGHTS: Holiday decorations, ornaments, ribbon, foil wrapping paper
  • SURROUNDINGS: Christmas tree, American holly, Mistletoe

Be sure to keep a close eye out for these items and keep them away from your pet this season!

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  • Thank you for this important information. Protect yourself, your dog walkers, and dogs from post-blizzard outdoor shocks or electrocution.


    Blair Sorrel, Founder

    Contact voltage is a chronic hidden hazard that can readily victimize an unsuspecting dog, walker, or both. No dog lover could possibly observe a more horrifying scene than witnessing his beloved pet instantaneously maimed or tragically electrocuted. When you exercise your pooch, please exercise greater prudence. Common outdoor electrical and metal fixtures may shock or even kill your vulnerable dog. And depending upon the current, the walker will be bitten and like poor Aric Roman, suffer permanently. But you can, indeed, self-protect.

    Just start to adopt this simple strategy — EYEBALL THE BLOCK, AND AVOID A SHOCK. Take a few seconds and make your trajectory toward generally safer, free standing, non-conductive surfaces, ie., plastic, wood, cardboard. Intuit your dog’s cues and if it’s resistant, change directions. Work site perimeters may be live so try to elude them. If necessary, switch sides of the street or your hands when leading to skirt hazards. If you traverse the same route, you may memorize locations of potential dangers. Carry your pooch when in doubt. Consider indoor restroom products like PottyPark when external conditions are chancy or RopeNGo’s hardware-free leash and harness. And don’t rely on dog booties as a palliative as they will actually put your pet at even greater risk since the dog can’t tell you they’re leaking! To learn to more, please see StreetZaps. A safer walk is yours year round if you are willing to open to your eyes and mind to it.