Pet safety tips for holiday season

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 1:15pm

Ah, the holidays. Food, family, friends--but for man's best friend, it takes a little extra to be safe.

"We all want our pets to partake in the festivities, just like we do," said veterinarian, Dr. Rob Braquet. "But we really need to be careful. Just [as] a general rule, stay away from people food.

And vets say, don't even think about giving Fido a piece of the fruit cake. "No raisins, no grapes, it can actually cause renal failure," added Dr. Braquet.

Poinsettias, holly, mistletoe, and lillies can be common for Christmas, but fatal for pets. Pet owner, Elisabeth Feld said, "I knew some [holiday plants] were [dangerous,] I didn't know which ones though. That's good to know"

Many pet owners are aware of some common threats to animals, like chocolate and other holiday plants, but here are some tips to keep your holidays happy, and pets--like Katie, whom we met at the BREC Burbank dog park, safe.

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