Without going all Ebenezer Scrooge, we offer this safety reminder that, as much fun as the holidays can be, they’re a potential minefield for dogs and cats. Keeping the following in mind will go a long way toward ensuring that a good time is had by all.

Winter’s festive season, with its excitement, sparkly decorations and delicious food, is the ultimate danger time for dogs. Vet emergencies go up by around 40 percent, and many holiday celebrations come to an abrupt end when dogs fall sick. Avoid being part of the uptick and enjoy the season by being mindful of the following holiday dog safety tips.

1. Christmas tree

Dogs who eat natural conifer needles, and even artificial ones, can develop vomiting, stomach pain and diarrhea. The needles can penetrate paws, stomach or intestines, resulting in a major emergency. Don’t leave your dog alone with your tree, vacuum up needles daily,…

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