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Vail Pet Talk: Top 10 Christmas and holiday hazards for pets

Here is a list of the top 10 Christmas and holiday hazards for pets.

1. Christmas tree: Make sure it is well secured to prevent tipping or falling. Avoid any water preservatives that can be toxic to pets.

2. Holiday plants: Holly and mistletoe need to be hung with care because they can be extremely toxic to pets when eaten.

3. Candles: Lit candles should never be left unattended.

4. Lights and electrical cords: Secure and place with care. These can be devastating to the chewers in the house causing intestinal obstructions or a burned mouth.

5. Ornaments: Tinsel and ribbons can cause terrible obstructions when eaten and be wary of low lying sharp or breakable ornaments just waiting for a happy tail or a curious cat.

6. Leftovers: Fatty, spicy foods and bones can cause severe and even life threatening diarrhea, vomiting and obstructions.

7. Cocktails: Keep all alcoholic beverages up and away from exploring pets. If alcoholic beverages are ingested by dogs and cats it can cause severe injury.

8. Medications: All medications should be securely stored and put in safe places to avoid accidental ingestion.

9. Stress and company: With parties afoot be wary of stressed animals and open doors. Make sure pets are kept in a safe and comfortable room with a collar and preferable a microchip to prevent lost or missing love ones.

10. Finally, New Years: The pop of a fire work or noise maker can terrify some pets and cause severe stress and escape. Light music in a quiet safe area of the house can do wonders. If this doesn't do the trick, speak to your veterinarian about safe sedatives.

Feel free to email questions to Veterinarians Charlie Meynier and Tom Suplizio practice at the Vail Valley Animal Hospital and ER, with locations in Eagle-Vail and Edwards that offer comprehensive small animal medicine and surgery. On-call vets are available after hours, and an emergency hospital in Edwards is open 24 hours a day, with a doctor on the premises weekends and holidays. For more information, call 970-926-3496 or visit

The VailDaily Updated Dec 6, 2012 02:57PM Published Dec 6, 2012 02:54PM Copyright 2012 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.