Holly, jolly decor proves hazardous for furry friends

Jed is a Coonhound/Doberman Pinscher mix, who would fit in well with an active family.

Decorations are already going up for the holidays. However, some of them could be hazardous for your pets.

First, make sure to anchor your Christmas tree down to make it safe for curious, climbing pets.

Sally Westerhoff is the Executive Director of the Quincy Humane Society.

She says its also important to watch out for poisonous holiday plants and foods like poinsettias, mistletoe and holly. When ingested holly can cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems.

Also, don't feed your pet rich and spicy holiday leftovers. When a pet is not accustomed to the foods, it can cause severe stomach problems and vomiting.

Chocolate and tinsel are also potentially fatal.

If you like a live tree, cover up the water source.

"If you have a real Christmas tree, the water can pose a hazard as the fertilizer can leech out of the tree," Westerhoff said. "Make sure that is covered up so animals can't get into that."

We also want to introduce you to our December canine and feline pets of the month. Click here to view the full list of available pets.

Jed is a Coonhound/Doberman Pinscher mix, who would fit in well with an active family. Click here to view his bio. Jed is very tall. Check him out here on KHQA This Morning.

Demitri is an eight-month-old male tabby cat with a laid back attitude and readiness to cuddle. Click here to view his bio. Watch Demitri interact with the camera on KHQA This Morning.

Click here to look through all the available pets at the Quincy Humane Society.

The Quincy Humane Society is offering a 'Kids Night Out' coming up on Friday, December 13 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Organizers say they are offering a fun night for the kids, while giving parents a chance to shop. Kids can enjoy animal interaction, pizza and a Christmas activity - all for a fee. Call 217-223-8786 for information. All proceeds go towards animals at the Quincy Humane Society.