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Posted on 12-01-2014

With the arrival of our clinic cats this year, the thought of putting up holiday decorations has taken a new turn here at Lafayette Companion Animal Hospital. How do we make the hospital look pretty and festive without causing crashes, bangs and potential injuries to Callie and Toulouse? Those of you, who know these furry friends, know that they find some sort of mischief to get into on a daily basis! I’m sure that your pets at home do similar things and this time of year presents many new exciting things for pets to chase, eat, hunt and climb. Here are a few pointers as you decorate your house so that everyone can enjoy the festivities and beauty this time of year and hopefully not come down to a horizontal Christmas tree every morning:

  1. Place Christmas trees in a corner in a sturdy stand. You can put tin foil under the tree or something that rattles to deter cats from climbing. My family actually goes so far as to wire the tree (with green florist’s wire) to something sturdy on the wall so that it can’t fall over!
  2. Try and avoid using tinsel (or only hang it up very high)- as pretty and sparkly as it it, cats love to try and eat it and tinsel can cause an intestinal blockage that often needs surgery to relieve.
  3. Keep holly, mistletoe and pointsettas out of pet’s reach as these are all toxic to pets. Also don’t forget to put that yummy holiday chocolate (especially dark chocolate) out of pet’s reach- chocolate is toxic to pets.
  4. Keep burning candles up high and away from pet’s reach- their scent and flickering flame are just too enticing for curious pets and wagging tails.
  5. Keep pets away while wrapping presents- ingesting paper, ribbons or stepping on scissors are all dangers to pets.

The entire staff at Lafayette Companion Animal Hospital wishes you a very fun time decorating and celebrating this season and we know your pets will want (and insist!) on being part of all the action. Please keep your pets safe and give them lots of hugs! We’d love to see pictures of their crazy antics! 

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