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      Things Your Customers Need to Know About Holiday Pet Safety. With Thanksgiving (and Black Friday) just a few days away, we can officially say the holiday season is here! And while there’s plenty to think about between hosting guests and finding last minute gifts, it’s important not to forget about the safety of pets in all the hustle and bustle.

      Pet retailers can help pet parents avoid holiday mishaps, injuries and visits to the vet by promoting education alongside gift ideas and sales. Here are a few key tips to remind your customers of this season:

      1. Keep rich holiday foods out of reach. 
      While the holidays may be about indulging, that truth doesn’t extend to pets. Many traditional holiday foods, like chocolate, onions and baked goods, are actually dangerous to dogs and cats, and can cause life-threatening medical issues.

      Pet parents should keep food on counters and tables, out of reach from four-legged friends. If pets have a habit of jumping on counters, they should be kept in a separate room during dinner. Guests should also be told to avoid feeding pets scraps, no matter how cutely they beg. And even after the feast, it’s important to keep a lid on garbage cans to prevent dumpster diving.

      2. Create a safe space for nervous pets.
      Even the most social pets can feel overwhelmed with a house full of people. That’s why owners should give pets their own space with food and water to get away from the noise. Whether it’s a carrying case or closed bedroom, creating a little sanctuary for shy pets can relieve their anxiety and prevent aggressive responses to guests.

      3. Choose festive decorations carefully.
      Before pet parents start decking the halls, they should review their decorations to ensure they’re pet-friendly. Classic plants like mistletoe and holly should be avoided since these are toxic to pets if ingested. Tinsel, too, can cause intestinal issues if swallowed by curious cats or dogs.

      The Christmas tree (real or fake) should also be properly secured, so it doesn’t accidentally fall over on pets. Similarly, lights and ornaments should be kept away from batting paws to avoid injury from broken glass, plastic or wires.

      By Carley Lintz

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