With the holidays around the corner, please keep in mind how easy it is for pets to sneak their way out of the house with the extra guests and visiting friends going in and out. Be sure to keep tags on your pets at all times and keep them contained in a bedroom if you are expecting a lot of foot traffic through your front door.
|Pets as Gifts||The holiday season heightens our emotions and the willingness to give. Please donít make a pet an impulsive purchase or adoption. A cute, cuddly cat or dog may seem to be the perfect gift but unfortunately after the holiday season the population of animal shelters explodes with these "surprise gifts". Owning a pet is a long-term commitment that not everyone can make. If you are willing to give the gift of a pet, please bring that person to pick out their pet.|
Holiday Dangers to Pets
Preventive Measures Can Save Pets
Holiday Tinsel and Ornaments:
Tinsel, while not toxic, is very attractive to pets, particularly cats. The shiny, dangling decoration reflects light and can move in the slightest draft, appearing to come alive to watchful critters. The problem with tinsel is that once itís consumed, it can cause serious injury to your pet. If not caught in time, this foreign body ingestion could actually be fatal as it twists and bunches inside your petís intestines. Immediate veterinary care is required.
In addition, bright and colorful tree ornaments can attract your petís curiosity. Place glass, aluminum and paper ornaments higher up on the tree. Pets can chew and swallow these fragile objects. Broken pieces form sharp edges that may lacerate your petís mouth, throat and intestines, they could also create a choking hazard.
Twinkling, shiny and dangling holiday lights, such as the icicle, netting, garland, curtain, rope and candle varietal, may be another source of danger to your curious pets.
Chocolate, what would the holidays be without boxes of chocolate and warm cocoa in front of the fire? However, chocolate can be toxic or even fatal to dogs and cats. Chocolate may be mistakenly given to pets as treats and may be irresistible to the curious canine. Chocolate poisoning occurs most frequently in dogs but other species are also susceptible. Theobromine is the toxic compound found in chocolate. Signs which may appear within 1 to 4 hours of eating chocolate include:
2. Increased thirst
5. Difficulty keeping balance
7. Muscle spasms, seizures, coma
8. Death from abnormal heart rhythm
Fat trimmings and bones are dangerous for dogs. Fat trimmed from meat, both cooked and uncooked, may cause pancreatitis. And, although it seems natural to give a dog a bone, a dog can choke on it. Bones can also splinter and cause an obstruction or lacerations of your dog's digestive system.
Nuts, abundantly found in many cookies and candies, should not be given to pets. Almonds, non-moldy walnuts and pistachios can cause an upset stomach or an obstruction of your dog's throat and/or intestinal tract. Macadamia nuts and moldy walnuts can be toxic, causing seizures or neurological signs. Lethargy, vomiting and loss of muscle control are among the effects of nut ingestion.
Keep your pet on her regular diet and caution visitors against giving your pet special treats or table scraps. Instead, offer your guest your own homemade dog treats. They can be a fun reward for you dog. There are many benefits to making your own dog treats at home.
When preparing homemade dog treats, make sure you take into account any allergies that your pet has to specific ingredients. You will want to avoid adding any ingredient that you know that your pet has reacted poorly to in the past.
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