Holiday Safety Tips for Your Pet

The holidays are a wonderful time to celebrate with family and loved ones, but it can be a stressful and dangerous time for your family pet. Now that the holidays are upon us, the SPCA would like to offer the following tips to help keep your pet safe. Don’t spoil the holiday season with an unnecessary medical emergency.

  • Hang breakables, tinsel, and other tempting decorations well out of paw’s reach. Tinsel, ribbon, and ornaments are especially dangerous to pets if chewed and swallowed.
  • Place holiday plants out of pet’s reach. Some seasonal plants can be poisonous, including mistletoe, holly berries, and poinsettias.
  • Watch out for electrical cords. Pets, especially puppies, often try to chew them and may get badly burned, shocked or electrocuted. Make sure your strands of lights, loose wires, and extension cords are out of reach.
  • Metal ornament hooks can get caught in curious mouths. Make sure ornaments are securely attached, and that no unused hooks are left around the house.
  • A Christmas tree should stand on a flat, wide base. Cats often see trees as excellent climbing posts, so be sure they are secured and not easily tipped over. Whether your tree is live or artificial, both kinds of needles are indigestible.
  • Cover your tree stand tightly with skirting. The water from the tree base can cause mouth sores, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite.
  • Refrain from using edible ornaments on your tree. They can pose an irresistible temptation for some pets.
  • Keep your pets away from holiday treats, especially chocolate. Theobromine and caffeine, active ingredients found in chocolate, are toxins and can be fatal to some animals.
  • Pets and candles just don’t mix. Keep Menorahs and scented candles out of reach.
  • If you plan to entertain, provide a “safe haven” to which your pets can retreat when they get overly excited and there is a possibility of escape.
  • If you are going away for the holidays: make sure pet enclosures are secure, your pets are wearing proper identification, and arrangements have been made for their care.

Featured dog- Kruz

Kruz is a male 5 month old pit bull terrier. He is full of puppy energy and need continued training. He knows sit and is doing well on his leach training. He will be a big dog and will need a fenced yard where he will be able to expend his puppy energy.

Other available dogs:

Jelly

Jelly

Jelly- 11-12 year old female Yorkshire terrier. Very loving girl lost of energy.

Featured cat Callie

Callie

Callie

Callie is a 1 year old female Siamese blend. she has beautiful blue eyes. She was given up by her family due to an illness in the home. She is a shy, quiet and friendly cat. She would probably do best in a quiet home.

Other available cats

Buddy- 5 year old plus sized male Russian blue. DECLAWED in front. Very friendly and loving

Sissy- 2 year old female. She is very shy and needs a quiet home.

Kiki- 1 year old female. She is shy and is getting used to the change from a home to shelter life. A quiet home would be best.

All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1 year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximate.
The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter located at 795 Hardy Way is open for adoptions from 11am until 1 pm, Monday through Saturday, Sunday 1pm -3pm. Please call 702-346-7415 during these hours to speak to the front desk. Animal Control may be reached by phone or voicemail at 702-346-5268

The animals submitted to the media may have changed so please visit our Petfinder website for a current listing and more detailed information on the animals. www.mesquiteanimalshelter.petfinder.com

Please also check our Facebook pages for lost and found animals along with pet information. https://www.facebook.com/MesquiteNVAnimalControl  and https://www.facebook.com/FRIENDSOFMESQUITENVANIMALSHELTER