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Posted on 12-27-2016

Poisoning and Other Holiday Hazards for Pets In Solomons

It’s the holidays when parties, special foods, and busy times abound! Pets often get lost in the shuffle and find their way into hazards requiring an emergency visit to our Solomon’s veterinarian. Beware of these hazards to avoid an unplanned vet visit.

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Chocolate is extremely toxic for dogs and cats, but did you know that onions, garlic, grapes and raisins are dangerous, too? The milky sap in poinsettias is also harmful to pets, and xylitol, a popular artificial sweetener found in sugar-free gum, candies and some foods, can be life-threatening. Keep an eye on your pet during your holiday parties and make sure the alcohol is well out of paw-reach. Household cleaners and of course, antifreeze, are can result in lethal poisoning for pets.

Signs and Symptoms of Poisoning

The precise symptoms depend on the type of poisoning, but if your pet exhibits any of these, call our vet immediately:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Seizures
  • Blood in the vomit or stool
  • Lack of energy
  • No appetite
  • Bruises
  • Nosebleeds
  • Labored or fast breathing
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat

Other Holiday Hazards

To prevent a visit to our veterinarian, beware of these additional holiday pet temptations:

  • Ornaments: Shiny Christmas tree ornaments are irresistible, and potentially dangerous! Keep ornaments and lights well out of temptation-reach.
  • Candles: A lit candle is intriguing, but if toppled, it can severely hurt your pet or even burn your house down.
  • The Houdini trick: Many pets become anxious around lots of people and when their routines are changed. Be especially careful of open doors and windows from which your pet may make the great escape. Crating may be the smart move when company calls.
  • Caustic batteries: Whether for toys or electronic devices, batteries are everywhere during the holidays. Keep them out of your pet’s reach to avoid choking or serious throat burns.

Happy Holidays And Don’t Forget Your Pet Check-up

Simply put, to keep your pet safe during the holidays, be aware! Keep your eye on him or her, or if you can’t, put your pet in a safe place until you can. The last thing either of you want is to visit our veterinarian at Solomon’s during this festive, fun season. Give us a call with questions and be sure to ask about our new client special.

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