POSTED: Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 8:15am
UPDATED: Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 3:34pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — 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.
"Don't hang breakable or small ornaments near the bottoms of the tree. that can be taken off, broken, [and] ingested; if your dog or cat can reach it, they can eat it," said Dr. Braquet.
Philip Cook, a pet owner, said "We're actually pretty good about it...If we leave it out at her level she's going to go for it."
Even tinsel can be life-threatening if eaten. Remember to anchor the family tree. "Cats love to jump into the trees and knock the tree over, and the tree will fall over on them and can actually hurt them."
Keep a close eye on your 'four-legged friends,' so that their tails will be wagging all season long.
Veterinarians also suggest you not shoot fireworks near your pet; that could frighten them and they might run away. For a list of other holiday hazards, click here .