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Letter to editor: Keep pets safe during the holidays

During this holiday season, American Humane — the country’s first national humane organization — wants to remind pet owners to ensure the holidays are just as merry and bright for their furry friends.

As you deck the halls, keep in mind that many decorations can be dangerous for pets: garland, ribbons, pine needles, and some types of festive plants — like mistletoe, holly, and poinsettias — can all pose serious health threats if ingested. Pet owners should also remember to hang breakable ornaments out of reach of wagging tails or curious cats, as broken decorations can be harmful if swallowed or stepped on with tiny paws.

As tasty treats fill holiday tables, I make sure my own dog, Daisy, is kept away from chocolate candy and baked goods with chocolate — although tempting to her indiscriminate palate, they can be lethal to pets.

With a few precautions, your own four-legged family members can have a holly, jolly holiday season too.

Dr. Robin Ganzert

President and CEO, American Humane

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