NAUGHTY (Keep these out of your pet's reach):
Alcohol, antifreeze, breakable ornaments, chocolate, Christmas roses, Christmas tree preservative solution, fatty meats and sauces, garlic, grapes, holly, ivy, lilies, mistletoe, onions, poinsettia, raisins, tinsel, xylitol (artificial sweetener).
* Clean paws! Be sure to wipe their paws after walks to remove all ice melt or safety salt.
* The great indoors. Pets who spend significant time outdoors need heated housing and water sources. They also need extra food since keeping warm burns calories.
* If you feel you must share your feast with your pet, a moderately-sized portion of lean meat makes a safe treat during the holidays.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
Visit our Pet Column archives for tips on:
* Winter safety (http://vetmed.illinois.edu/petcolumns/petcols_article_page.php?PETCOLID=2479&URL=0)
* Hazardous substances (http://vetmed.illinois.edu/petcolumns/petcols_article_page.php?PETCOLID=2419&URL=0)
* Potential dangers during holiday gatherings (http://vetmed.illinois.edu/petcolumns/petcols_article_page.php?PETCOLID=417&URL=0)
AND NOW ONTO THE HOLIDAY FUN!
Can't get your furry friend to keep those reindeer antlers on long enough to snap a photo for your holiday card? "Picture Your Pet" can help.
With this user-friendly web app from the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital, you can create a free holiday e-card featuring your pet's photo. Just upload, add your choice of accessories and you're ready to download, e-mail, or Tweet.
Get started at http://go.illinois.edu/petpix.
And don't forget to share your finished photo on our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/Illinois.VTH).
The University of Illinois provides care for veterinary emergencies 24/7, including all holidays (http://illinoisvetmed.com).