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1. Pet-proof the Christmas tree. Secure the tree to prevent the dog or cat from toppling it. Use only non-breakable ornaments, not glass ornaments. Prevent pets from drinking out of the water reservoir - bacteria or chemicals in the water can make pets ill.

2. Safeguard lights and extension cords. Chewing on wires can cause mouth burns, difficulty breathing and cardiac arrest.

3. Tinsel and ribbon hazards. Keep tinsel and ribbon out of reach of your pets. Swallowed, they can cause choking. If they make it to the intestinal tract, they can tear delicate tissues or cause blockages that require surgery to repair.

4. Holiday meals: for people only. Many holiday  foods such as fatty meats, gravy, poultry skin and bones, onions and garlic can cause dog and cat illnesses ranging from vomiting and diarrhea to pancreatitis and other toxic reactions.

5. Avoid chocolate, coffee and caffeine like poison - they are! Note that darker chocolate is more dangerous than milk chocolate.

6. Danger in sweet treats. Candies, gum, and baked goods made with xylitol are toxic to dogs and cats. This sugar substitute causes a rapid drop in blood glucose that can be fatal.

7. No grazing on holiday plants. Lillies, holly and mistletoe are highly toxic to pets.

8. When in doubt, call your veterinarian or nearest emergency clinic.

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