Ontario SPCA

Ontario SPCA

December 21, 2010 14:07 ET

Make it a Safe and Happy Holidays for All!

Ontario SPCA Offers Holiday Safety Tips to Pet Owners

NEWMARKET, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 21, 2010) - The Holidays are full of traditions that include candy, decorations, alcohol and festive treats that are fun for all; however, this can be a potentially dangerous and sometimes distressing time for pets, advises the Ontario SPCA. A little extra caution means your pet can easily be protected from potential holiday hazards.

The Ontario SPCA recommends the following to help keep pets safe this Holiday Season:

Ensure your pets are wearing collars with ID tags. If for any reason they escape and become lost there is a greater chance they will be returned to you if they are clearly identified with a tag, ideally combined with a microchip. For many pets the best way to spend the Holiday is resting in a secure area within the house, where they won't have a chance to be spooked by strangers and dart outdoors.

Use decorations, such as Poinsettias, tinsel, candles and Christmas ornaments with caution. If ingested, many decorations can cause your pet gastrointestinal upset and even result in intestinal blockage. Candles pose an additional risk; pets, especially curious kittens, may knock candles over, cause a fire and/or get burned. Move electric lights, wires and cords or liquid potpourri beyond your pet's reach. If electric cords or lights are chewed, pets can receive a life-threatening electrical shock or damage their mouth from shards of glass; and exposure to both heated and cool liquid potpourri product can result in severe damage to the skin, mouth and eyes.

Keep candy out of your pet's reach. Chocolate, depending on the amount ingested, can be toxic to many animals including dogs, cats and ferrets.

Keep packaging and gift wrap away from pets. If ingested, ribbon and paper can cause vomiting and produce intestinal blockage.

Maintain your pet's normal diet and prevent access to alcoholic beverages. Even changing your pet's diet for one meal can give your cat or dog severe indigestion and diarrhoea, and alcohol ingestion can cause your pet to become very ill and weak - and may even cause your pet to go into a coma or to suffer respiratory failure.

If you suspect your pet may have ingested a toxic product or substance contact your local veterinary clinic immediately.

Don't dress your pet in a costume unless you know he/she enjoys it. Confining costumes can cause stress and injury to pets if it restricts their movement, hearing or ability to breath, bark or see, and small or dangling pieces may be chewed off and cause choking or intestinal obstruction. Never leave your costumed pets unsupervised.

"The Holidays are a joyous time spent with friends and family," says Rosaline Ryan, Director Marketing & Communications, Ontario SPCA. "Let's all make it a safe one too and think of our pets when celebrating this holiday season."

To report suspected animal abuse call the Ontario SPCA at 1-888-ONT-SPCA (668-7722), Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), your local Ontario SPCA branch, affiliated humane society or police.

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SPCA): Protecting animals since 1873, the Ontario SPCA is a registered charity comprised of over 50 Communities relying primarily on donations to fund animal protection, care and rehabilitation; advocacy; and humane education. The Ontario SPCA Act mandates the Society to enforce animal cruelty laws and provides Society investigators with police powers to do so – making the Ontario SPCA unique among animal welfare organizations in the province. The Ontario SPCA is affiliated with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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Contact Information

  • Provincial Media Contact:
    Ontario SPCA
    Alison Cross
    Manager, Marketing & Communications