(WEAU) - Christmas trees, ornaments and tinsel! The holiday season is finally knocking at our door, but for pet owners a happy holiday can quickly turn into a nightmare.
On Sunrise, we shared how you and your pet can celebrate the season without the headache.
"I have two dogs and a cat,” says pet owner, Sarah Henderson of Eau Claire.
For Sarah Henderson, the holiday season means spending time with her pets. But it also means decorating with caution.
"The cat overall is mainly inside, so you're watching what you decorate inside. Making sure I don't have a lot of string outside or inside and that can be very hazardous to cats,” explains Henderson.
"Cats once they start swallowing a string product, they don't spit it out. Their tongue has barbs on it, and they can't spit it out, so they have to keep consuming it. They will keep ingesting it until it’s gone,” says Dr. Jodi Bohl of the Eau Claire Animal Hospital.
Dr. Jodi Bohl says pets often like to drink from the bottom of the Christmas tree too.
"You don't want to put anything in the base of your tree, because you don't know if a cat is going to drink out of there. My cat drinks out of there all the time. I can’t get her away from it,” says Bohl.
When you're decorating your Christmas tree this season, Dr. Bohl recommends that pet owners avoid using tinsel because cats and dogs can swallow it.
"Those poinsettias can be really dangerous for cats. Those can be poisonous for cats if they chew on them on any of those leaves,” explains Henderson.
"Ornaments, make sure they're not breakable or we like what we do is we put the ornaments on the top half of the tree, just like with kids,” says Bohl.
With holidays come holiday parties which pets are more likely to get their paws on the wrong foods.
"If they ingest raw dough that has yeast in it, it’s going to raise in their stomach and that can cause bloat and a very serious condition,” says Bohl.
Avoid feeding pets sweeteners too.
"We've had a number of incidents where they're baking something and the dog got into it and ate the whole thing. As always if you have any concerns call your veterinarian and get their opinion,” says Bohl.