Protect your pets from these holiday hazards

Plus, meet the playful pup in need of a home for the holidays

Pets: Holiday Safety on Live in the D

The holidays are an exciting time for families, including your pets! To make this time of year more enjoyable for everyone, you’ll want to keep your furry friends protected from some holiday hazards they could encounter.

We spoke with Ann Chrisman, an expert from Michigan Humane, to get her advice on how to handle these common festive situations.

1) Keep your gift wrapping away from your pets. Everything from wrapping paper to ribbons and bows can be hazardous if your pet ingests these items.

Make sure to do the wrapping in a separate room, or on a space your furry friend can’t reach.

2) Keep “people food” out of reach. Despite what our dogs may want us to think, human food is not always the best for them. Make sure to keep the food away, and the garbage secure.

3) Some plants can be harmful to pets. While poinsettias and Christmas lilies may be gorgeous to look at, they can be very dangerous if pets (cats in particular) ingest them. Consider getting fake ones instead.

Chrisman also introduced us to Jax, our Pet of the Week. Jax is a 7-year-old pit bull terrier mix. He enjoys hanging out with his humans and playing with his toys. This playful pup is looking for a home that can provide him with lots of mental stimulation, as well as physical exercise.

In new situations, he can get a bit nervous, so keep him on a routine. He is best suited for a family with older children or adults.

The Mike Morse Law Firm will pay the standard adoption fees for whoever adopts today’s Pet of the Week. They also want to help you if you need legal help. Click or tap here to see if you have a case.

About the Author:

Michelle Oliver is a multimedia Journalist for the 10 a.m. lifestyle show, "Live in the D." She is known as "the food girl" because of her two popular food franchises, Dine in the D and Find Your Fix. Michelle also covers stories on homegrown businesses, style, and other fun things happening in the D.