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
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
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