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Pet safety tips for the holiday season

Local - 12/25/2013 2:22 PM by Rachael Cardin

RALEIGH COUNTY - Here are some safety tips for pet owners during, and after the holiday hustle and bustle.

Everyone is busy at the holidays, but safety of family and pets should always come first. Veterinarians see an increase in accidents involving pets during the holiday season. Keeping your pets away from strings of lights, certain plants, broken ornaments and certain foods is crucial to their well-being.

Animal Shelter employees said our furry friends cannot digest half of what we think are no big deal. Even foods we eat everyday; "if you're helping them to a little bit of a turkey dinner, sometimes it's not always the best idea. We don't want any bones in their food, you know, certain things they don't digest; some animals don't digest things like onions even. Plants that you have at Christmas, like ivy and holly can be poisonous to animals. They don't digest it and we don't want them to get into that either," said Melissa Lyons, of the Raleigh County Humane Society.

Pet experts said just knowing these few tips could save your pet from holiday related accidents.


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