‘Tis the Season! We at Blue Cross Animal Hospital wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday season. To help make sure your cats and dogs enjoy the holiday as much as you do, we’ve gathered together a few tips on keeping your pet safe during this hectic time. We hope you won’t need veterinary attention, but if you do, our holiday hours are shown below.
Around the Tree
- Securely anchor your tree. Pets may bump into the tree or attempt to climb it, and a falling tree is hazardous for everyone.
- Make sure your pet doesn’t have access to the water under the tree. The water may contain fertilizers that have leached out of the tree, as well as sap, needles, and bacteria.
- Securely tape down all electrical cables that might be chewed on by your cat or dog. An electrical cable can deliver a fatal shock.
- Keep batteries and ornaments out of reach.
- Avoid tinsel icicles on your tree. They are very tempting to your cat, and likely to be stuck to pet fur by static electricity and ingested while grooming. A linear foreign body can “pleat” the bowel and cause a very serious injury requiring surgery.
Even as a Treat, Avoid Human Foods and Beverages
The following foods are all very dangerous to pets:
- anything sweetened with Xylitol, such as sugarless gum
- chicken or turkey bones
- table scraps which may be high in fat or seasoning.
- bread dough
- avoid letting your pet ingest alcoholic beverages at any time
Be vigilant about keeping such foods away from your pet, and if you suspect they have eaten any of the above items, please contact us and get veterinary attention immediately. Our holiday hours are shown below. If we aren’t available, contact one of our recommended emergency care providers.
Avoid Hazardous Plants in your Home
Seasonal plants which are dangerous to pets include the following: Holly, Mistletoe, Lilies, Poinsettias, Amaryllis, and Yew. Consider getting silk versions of your favourite Holiday plants. If you think your pet may have eaten one of these plants, please contact us and get veterinary attention immediately.
Choose Safe Pet Gifts
- Choose rugged, indestructible non-toxic gifts for dogs, such as kongs and tough chew toys.
- For cats, stay away from anything with ribbons, string, or small parts that might be pulled off. Sponge balls too big to be swallowed, or large catnip stuffed toys make good gifts.
Be Respectful of your Pets Needs
Remember that your dog or cat doesn’t really understand what’s going on. If your pet isn’t happy in that Santa Hat or big red bow, take their picture, and then let them go back to normal.
Keep a safe, warm spot that your dog or cat can retreat to, with a bowl of water away from the bustle of the main party.
Remember that sudden loud noises such as Christmas Crackers and Fireworks can be very upsetting to pets.
Small parts from children’s toys that might be ingested.
Guest rooms. Make sure your guests secure their suitcases and meds.
Candles. Dogs tails and low candles are a bad mix.
Blue Cross Animal Hospital Holiday Hours
If we aren’t open, and you need veterinary care, contact one of our recommended emergency care providers.