We do see an increase in emergencies during the holidays because there are so many new hazards that are only part of the holiday season. We want to make sure that you think about some important holiday safety tips to keep your pets safe.
- Table scraps are a big DON’T for dogs and cats. We like to say "People Food is For People”. Much of what we eat is just flat out not good for animals and can cause cause life-threatening conditions like pancreatitis and gastrointestinal problems. Bones are especially dangerous because they can splinter and create punctures, tears or bowel obstructions.
- Holiday decorations can be mistaken by pets as something fun to chew on. Cats have been known to chew and eat tinsel, and dogs, well let’s face it, some dogs will chew on anything. With more of the house covered in new and interesting decorations during the holidays, it is very important to stay on alert so you can stay out of the surgery ward.
- Secure your tree. Cats climb and dogs bump things. You don’t want the centerpiece of your holiday decorations falling over in a heap causing potential injury and a big mess.
- Not that you would ever consider sharing it, but chocolate must be kept away from pets. Chocolate contains theobromine, which is toxic to dogs and cats. The darker the chocolate (baking chocolate being the darkest) the more dangerous it is to pets.
- Festive plants like amaryllis, mistletoe, balsam, pine, poinsettias, cedar, and holly are on the list of common holiday plants that can be dangerous and even poisonous to pets who decide to eat them. Keep your eyes on the centerpieces to see if there are any "pieces” missing and if you think your pet is responsible, call your vet.
- Cats and dogs are often tempted to chew electrical cords so make sure that they are unplugged when you are not around.
We hope that you have a happy and safe holiday season and, remember, we are here when you need us.
Posted Saturday, December 20, 2014