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Adoptable Chicago dog: Sophia! Plus holiday safety tips

December 09, 2013|By Jessica Galliart, @jessicagalliart

Thinking of adopting a dog? Meet Sophia, a 10-year-old rat terrier mix currently up for adoption at The Anti-Cruelty Society, 157 W. Grand Ave. Sophia visited the RedEye office for some socialization time, and we got down to business, asking her the tough questions.

If you're a new pet owner, also take heed to a few tips from Anti-Cruelty to keep him or her safe and healthy through the holidays around all of your shiny decor:

-Mistletoe, Holly, Poinsettas: All poisonous to pets. Keep them away from holiday plants.

-Holiday trees: What is it with cats and these things? Be sure to secure the tree in its stand so it can't be easily knocked over. Also, keep the stand covered so your pet won't drink from the tree water and place ornaments and tinsel high enough to keep pets from chewing, eating or swallowing any, which could lead to intestinal blockage.

-Wires: Speaking of chewing ... pets like doing that. Secure and tape down any exposed wiring from string lights around the home.

-Holiday treats: To avoid possible kidney damage, choking, vomiting, diarrhea or anemia, do not give the following from your table to your pet: onion, garlic, tomato, avocado, grapes and raisins, macadamia nuts, mushrooms, chicken, pork and other bones, caffeine.

-Guests: Have a lot of them coming in for dinner? This is prime time for a pet to slip out a door. Let your guests know to secure doors when coming in or out and maybe consider keeping him or her in a quiet room during loud festivities.

-Gifts: A dog or a cat is not a gift. Period. "Becoming a pet owner is a personal decision that should never be made by someone else. If you want to offer the companionship of a dog or cat to a friend, give a gift certificate from The Anti-Cruelty Society instead. This way, the recipient can choose an appropriate and compatible animal--or choose to not get an animal at all," Anti-Cruelty says. 

For more information about adoption, visit anticruelty.org.

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