Holiday Hazards for Pets

By December 23, 2015 Uncategorized
  • It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

    This may be the most wonderful of the year; however it can also be some of
    the most dangerous to our beloved pets. From deliciously rich holiday treats to enticing shiny decorations, the holiday season brings plenty of risks and temptations for our pets. Even the most vigilant of owners can become distracted with the extra responsibilities of additional people coming and going during this season. Even though we love seeing your pets, we want to avoid making an emergency visit to a veterinarian part of your holiday festivities. Follow our advice to help keep your pets safe this holiday season.

    Holiday Treats

    Festive event mean delicious edible treats – and lots of them.  Unfortunately for our pets, a number of the most popular holiday goodies can be extremely toxic and fatal. Chocolate and coffee are among the worst culprits.  Depending on the amount ingested they can cause signs of vomiting and diarrhea or hyperactivity, heart arrhythmias and seizures.

    Guests & Holiday Foods

    As friends and family inundate our homes, some may feel the desire to share
    these holiday meals with your pets. Feeding rich holiday foods can very quickly
    lead to a trip to the hospital. Fatty foods lead to pancreatitis, a painful and
    potentially life-threatening condition. Furthermore, guests may feel that giving
    leftover bones is not harmful but this certainly is not the case.  Apart from being a
    choking hazard, bones can shatter, splinter and perforate the intestines or cause
    intestinal blockage. Educating visitors about the detrimental health issues that
    feeding table scraps can help minimize these risks. In addition, providing them
    with pet friendly snacks can reduce all potential scenarios listed above.

    Christmas Tree & Decorations

    A bountiful Christmas tree is always a pleasant sight and an integral part of my
    Christmas. However, they can pose a danger to our fury little friends. Firstly,
    mischievous cats loving playing in and around Christmas trees. Securing your tree
    to the ceiling using a fishing line can prevent it and kitty from coming crashing
    down. Ornaments and tinsel often adorn our Christmas trees and can become
    prime candidates for causing lacerations or foreign bodies. Place glass, aluminum,
    and paper ornaments higher up on the tree to avoid accidental ingestion.
    It’s not just what’s on the tree that can pose an issue. Be mindful of what is
    placed underneath your tree as well. Just because wrapping paper keeps presents
    a mystery to us, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will to our pets. Cats and dogs
    have very keen sense of smell. Depending on the breed, their sense of smell is 1,000 to 10,000,000 times more sensitive than ours. Therefore, they are quite adept at seeking out that decadent box of chocolates.

    Holiday Plants

    Holiday plants, milestone, lilies, poinsetias, amaryllis and holly, are hidden
    dangers that we don’t commonly think of. These plants may get you into the holiday spirits but they can be toxic to pets. If you suspect ingested a poisonous plant, call your local veterinarian or the clinicASPCAsPetPoisonControlHotline

    Other Animals

    Do you have a brother-in-law that is diffcult to handle? An aunt that is hard to
    listen to after a couple of wobbly-pops? There are families that fight like cats and
    dogs, so is it any surprise that forcing pets to interact together can also be a
    contentious experience? Take caution when introducing new pets to each other.
    Consider separating pets in closed rooms before leaving them at home
    Preparedness is the key to a successful holiday season. Understanding the risks
    that come with the festivities is the first step. Remember to be conscious of
    friends, family, loved-ones as well as our furry little friends. From all of us at Town
    and Country Animal Hospital, we wish you Happy Holidays and a Happy New
    Dr. Brendon Laing

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