People think that the holidays are the most magical time of the year. However, this season carries hidden dangers for your four-legged friends. Here are five ways you can keep them safe and healthy as you ring in the New Year:

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Plunging Temperatures

Make sure your pets are safe indoors on cold nights. You local weather channel may issue warnings about animal-unfriendly weather. If you keep pets’ bedding or kennels in the basement, garage, or other minimally uninsulated placse, stick a thermometer on the wall. If the temperatures start to plummet, move their beds elsewhere or set up a portable heater somewhere that your furry friends can’t knock it over.

Don’t forget to protect your dog when taking him out for a walk. This is especially vital for short-haired and small dogs such as Chihuahuas, which are genetically more sensitive to cold. Strap him into a well-fitted warming vest and put doggie boots on his feet before going out.

Poisonous and Dangerous Food

The majority (>90%) of animal poisonings … occur near or at the animal owner’s home.

This report by the National Center for Biotechnology Information also states that December is when the majority of accidental pet poisonings happen. Some human foods are safe for dogs and cats to eat, but others are toxic. Keep potentially dangerous foods away from your pets and warn your guests so they don’t slip anything to your furry friend.

Some common foods that are dangerous to dogs and cats are:

  • Chocolate
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Cherries
  • Plum and peach pits, which are a choking hazard and contain cyanide
  • Garlic
  • Very salty foods
  • Bones, especially small ones that can break and lodge in the intestines

Fire Hazards

Pets are naturally curious. If you don’t typically have a roaring fireplace, they might investigate and get too close. Meanwhile, a large, clumsy dog bumping into a table bearing holiday candles might accidentally splash himself with burning hot wax. Try to pet-proof the heat sources in your home. While you’re at it, keep hot dishes away from animals. You don’t want Christmas Eve to end with an emergency visit to the vet clinic.

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Unsupervised Animals

If you’re visiting family during the day, keep your furry friend safe at night with a home security system. The right system will monitor the condition of your home and property. If a smoke alarm goes off, local fire and rescue services will be informed immediately. This way, even if you leave Fido home because of your in-law’s allergies, you can be confident your pet will be safe and sound.

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