Read through this list of tips to keep your pet safe this holiday season.
1. Keep your pets away from the tree and decorations.
Real trees and the water they stand in may well contain pesticides and chemical fertilizers. There have also been reports this year that trees on some lots have been sprayed with anti-freeze, which is extremely toxic to both cats and dogs.
Small ornaments and decorations are dangerous for both dogs and cats. If swallowed, they can easily become foreign bodies in your pets intestine. Long tinsel “icicles”, in particular will stick to your cat’s fur and be ingested while your cat is grooming, ending by causing a very dangerous linear foreign body.
Tape down and secure any electrical cables to avoid chewing. An electrical cord can deliver a fatal shock.
2. Be aware of these dangerous foods for pets.
These foods are often more likely to be in your home during the holidays, and they are all very hazardous to pets. If you believe your pet has consumed any of the foods listed below, contact us at once for emergency care. If you have concerns about anything else your pet has eaten, don’t hesitate to contact us or one of our recommended emergency care providers for information.
Anything sweetened with Xylitol, such as sugarless gum
Chicken or Turkey Bones
Table scraps which may be high in fat or seasoning
Onions and Garlic
Macadamia Nuts (Dogs)
Grapes, Raisins, and Currants (Dogs)
3. Make sure the following hazardous seasonal plants are out of reach. Better still avoid having them in your home.
If you believe your pet may have consumed any of these plants, contact us for care. Treatment will depend on the plant and quantity eaten.
4. Make a safe place.
If your house is hectic and more noisy than usual, your pet may be confused and stressed. Make sure he or she has a quiet place to retreat, away from the hubbub, with a place to sleep and a bowl of water.
5. Choose pet safe gifts.
Pet gifts should be rugged enough to withstand rough play treatment, made of non-toxic materials, and free of small parts that can be detached and ingested. Supervise your cats closely when they are playing with any “teaser” toys on a string. Put these type of toys away when the game is over.
If we are closed, and you need veterinary care, contact one of our recommended emergency care providers.