6. Other Holiday Decorations
First, avoid mistletoe, ivy, and holly berries in your home -- all can be poisonous to your dog or cat. Contact the vet if she nibbles on any of these plants or suddenly starts vomiting after being near one of them.
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Although Christmas trees themselves are generally safe, the water in the tree stand may contain unhealthy tree fertilizers and is a breeding ground for bacteria. Cover the bottom of the stand with a skirt or a cloth to keep pets from taking a drink.
Wrapping paper, ribbons, foil, and other holiday packaging can also be potentially hazardous to a curious pooch or kitty (aluminum foil and metal are the most dangerous). Pets may confuse these items with toys, which could lead to choking, vomiting, or intestinal blockage. Keep all wrapped presents out of your pet's reach or block off the room with gates. When you unwrap gifts, bag the waste immediately. Finally, tape all loose Christmas tree lights to baseboards and hide wiring as much as possible.