DETROIT (WWJ) – While many of us have our homes all dressed up for Christmas … you may be surprised to learn that all those eye-catching decorations you’ve put up could pose a threat for your pet.

Kevin Hatman of the Michigan Humane Society spoke with WWJ on pet-proofing your holiday home.

“With decorations it’s a lot like a child – they’re attracted to them, they may try to grab them, may try to put them in their mouth. Cats especially, they love tinsel, they love bows, they love getting in the tree,” said Hatman.

He said it’s something you need to keep an eye on …”if you have a real tree, make sure you vacuum around it frequently, if they injest the pine needles it can actually puncture their intestines.”

Hatman cautions that food items like onions, garlic, grapes and raisins are dangerous for animals, as well as poultry skin and bones, which can break-off and choke a pet.

Hatman suggests setting up a pet-zone away from the holiday hustle and bustle in your home. He says to stock the area with toys, food and comfy bedding to keep those furry friends away from potential hazards.


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