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Posted on 12-20-2013

Avoid a Pet Emergency: Keeping Pets Safe During the Holidays

avoid pet emergencies this holiday seasonEvery year around now, Emergency Animal Hospital of Northwest Austin sees an increase in holiday-related pet emergency visits. The hectic schedules, overabundance of treats, decorations, etc. often lead to pets getting into things they should avoid, leading to unexpected visits to our emergency animal hospital. It is a good thing we are open on holidays; but please follow our Austin veterinarian's tips for holiday pet safety!

Holiday Pet Safety Tips

Holiday Overindulgence (eating people food) - Pets getting sick after eating human food are some of the most frequent holiday visitors to our animal hospital. Not to sound bah-humbug, but please keep your pet on his or her regular diet and ignore begging for table scraps. Especially keep all the chocolate, sweets (especially those containing Xylitol), onions, garlic, avocadoes, grapes, raisins, turkey bones, macadamia nuts, away, or you could be in for a pet emergency.

Shiny Temptations (decorations) - Pets can be tempted to play with, dangle on or chew on tinsel and other shiny decorations. There is nothing cute about this because, depending on the décor, your pet could choke on or end up with a dangerous intestinal blockage from swallowing the item. Our Austin veterinarian has many ideas on barring access to your tree, lights, decorations and candles from your pets.

Trees and Plants - Make sure to anchor your tree to the wall or ceiling so that curious pets do not inadvertently knock it over. If your tree is natural, do not let your pet drink from the tree water and do not let your pet get anywhere near poinsettias, mistletoe, amaryllis (or any bulb plant) or holly as they are all toxic to pets.

We also urge you to keep pets away from candles, strings of lights, electrical cords and big crowds. If you are having a party, consider letting your pet chill out in his or her crate or a quiet room in the house to avoid accidental table scrap ingestions or other accidents from over excitement.

What else do you do to keep your pet’s holiday safe?

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