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Josey Ranch Pet Hospital, PC
... where caring makes the difference.

Date: November 8th 2003

Josey Ranch Pet Hospital, PC
... where caring makes the difference.
A Free Service of Josey Ranch Pet Hospital

The holidays are a busy time for all of us. Celebrating with friends and family is a common tradition. Often, in the hustle and bustle of the season we overlook simple things that we can do to protect our pets. The following situations/items may be dangerous to our pets during the holidays. We would like to offer helpful suggestions to keep all pets safe and happy.

Cold Weather Warnings

Now that the weather is becoming cooler, we will be using more anti-freeze in our vehicles. A very small amount of this toxic substance may cause serious illness and even death to our pets. Since it has a sweet taste, animals are naturally attracted to it. Keep all chemicals safely away from pets. Make sure your pets have a warm, dry area to get out of the cold weather if they are outside. Placing hay or straw in dog houses works well. Check daily to ensure that your pets water has not frozen. Pet stores sell heated bowls to help with this challenge.


Chocolate candy, even in small amounts, may be toxic to companion animals. At the very least, it can cause gastric upset with vomiting and diarrhea. The wrappers from treats may cause intestinal blockages, so be sure to throw away all wrappers and dont allow your pet access to the garbage container. If you own a cat, especially a black cat, Halloween is a potentially dangerous holiday for these companions. There have been documented cases in past years of ritualistic practices involving felines. Please take care that all pets are indoors during this busy evening.


Thanksgiving can be hazardous with raw turkey being consumed by pets when owners backs are turned. All bones are dangerous, especially turkey, chicken and rib bones that tend to splinter when consumed. Watch out for the strings that hold the turkey together as they are a fun toy, but a possible danger if eaten. Do not feed table scraps of any kind to your pets as they may cause intestinal upsets or more serious complications.


Holiday time is great fun for all with all the decorations and presents. Some pets find eating decorations, i.e.: glass balls, ribbon, tinsel, greenery, etc. to be great fun. Beware of chocolate candy and do not leave alcoholic beverages where your pets can reach them. Holiday greenery and poinsettias can be a problem if eaten, causing vomiting and diarrhea. If your pet has a tendency to chew things, take special care of strings of lights as they can cause electrocution. Do not allow pets to drink the water in the base of natural Christmas trees because the preservative used to extend the trees life may be toxic.

***If your pet has an emergency during the holidays and you cannot get in to
see your regular veterinarian, take him/her to:

The North Texas Emergency Pet Clinic
1712 W. Frankford Rd, Suite 108
Carrollton, TX 75007

If you have any questions, we would be glad to hear from you. Please call our office any time during our business hours at 972-446-0667.

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