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             Pet tips for the holidays

We want the holidays to be a happy time for you and your pet, not a time for an emergency visit to your veterinarian. With a little knowledge you can ensure that your pet stays safe and healthy.

Holiday cuisine produces an abundance of pet-delectable treats, not to mention the appeal of a discarded turkey carcass!

Foods that you eat or drink that you should never give your pet include:

  • Rich, fatty foods, like gravy or grease, which can cause problems ranging from stomach upsets to pancreatitis.

  • Alcohol, which can cause serious intoxication in pets who are attracted to the sweet taste of drinks, especially eggnog.

  • Chocolate, coffee and tea all contan xanthines that are dangerous to animals. Chocolate is especially a problem because pets love its flavor.

  • Bones from meat, fish or poultry can cause problems if swallowed. Be sure to keep bones (other than those made for dogs) away from your pet.

Poisonous Plants:

The following holiday plants are poisonous to your pets and must be kept out of their reach:

  • Holly

  • Mistletoe

  • Poinsettias

  • Hibiscus

Christmas trees and their decorations can create hazards for your pets. 

  • Make sure to place your tree in a stable stand and attach it securely to a window or wall.

  • Tinsel when eaten can cause blockages, which often require surgery to remove.

  • Chewing on electrical cords can cause problems ranging from burned mouths to death from electrocution. Unplug decorative lights when you're not there or spray cords with Chew Stop.

  • Ornaments that could be swallowed or broken need to be placed high up on your tree.

  • Decorating trees with food such as cranberry, popcorn or raisins is asking for problems. Garlands made of food can cause an obstruction when eaten by your pet, requiring surgery.

  • Finally--make sure your pet is always supervised when in a room with a Christmas tree.

Gifts and Treats:

Gifts--wrapped and unwrapped, ribbons, and packaging materials are dangerous chewing toys. When choosing a holiday gift for your pet, be sure it is safe - no small pieces that could come off and be swallowed. Choose healthy treats for your pet and give them in moderation.

Make this holiday season a safe and happy one for you and your pet.


Copyright  2008, Foster & Smith, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Excerpted from Doctors Foster and Smith.




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