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Posted on 12-16-2014

5 Common Holiday Hazards for Your Pet


Common Holiday Hazards for your petThe holidays can quickly go from joyful to stressful if your pet ends up in our emergency animal care hospital. While our emergency veterinary team is always available to provide after-hour care at night and on the weekends, we’d much rather you pet stay happy, healthy and safe this holiday season.

Top Holiday Pet Safety Tips

Read on to learn about five of the most common holiday pet health hazards – and what you can do to keep your pets safe.

#1: Tinsel and ornaments. To your curious pup or kitten, these bright tree trimmings look like a fun new toy – until they inadvertently ingest part or all of it. Tinsel can balloon inside the intestines, causing a life-threatening blockage. Broken ornament slivers could puncture your pet’s intestines. Keep all decorations out of your pet’s reach.

#2: Sugar-free cookies and treats. Xylitol, a common ingredient in sugar-free sweets as well as sugarless gum, toothpaste and mouthwash, is poisonous to pets. If you suspect that your pet has inadvertently ingested a sugar-free sweet, contact our animal hospital immediately.

#3: Turkey bones. Are you cooking a turkey or roasting a duck for Christmas this year? Fido may look cute when he’s begging for food at the dinner table, but resist the urge to toss him a bone. Bones splinter easily when chewed upon and should your pet ingest these splinters, they can cut the intestines. Fat trimmings can also be too rich for your pet to properly ingest, causing diarrhea, vomiting and intestinal distress.

#4: Mistletoe, holly and poinsettias. Holiday plants are a beautiful, natural way to bring seasonal cheer into your home. If your pet ingests these plants, however, they can cause vomiting, diarrhea, collapse, seizures and even death. Keep holiday plants out of your pet’s reach or skip them altogether.

#5: Nut mixtures. Ingesting macadamia nuts, almonds, walnuts and pistachios can cause lethargy, vomiting and tremors in pets. Ask party guests to be mindful when snacking on nuts so they don’t drop any on the floor within your pet’s reach.

Has your pet ever needed emergency care over the holidays?


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