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Holiday Pet Safety


shadow-6weeks1With the addition of the newest member of the family for the Holidays, we are trying to “child proof” the house for safety of all the pets.

At the Twinsburg Vet Hospital and Pet Lodge, where we take our pets, they are providing the following info to help keep pets healthy and safe for the Holidays.

Depending on the dose ingested, chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, hyperactivity, increased thirst and urination, and an increased heart rate.

Candies, or gum, containing the sweetner xylitol can cause a drop in blood sugar, resulting in depression, loss of coordination and seizures.

Bones can splinter and cause blockage. Greasy, spicy and fatty foods can cause an upset stomach.

Alcohol can cause a pet to go into a coma, possibly resulting in death from respiratory failure.

Aluminum foil and cellophane wrappers can cause vomiting and intestinal blockage.

Toxic lilies can cause kidney failure in cats.

Mistletoe and holly berries can cause gastrointestinal upset (vomiting, nausea, diarrhea) cardiovascular problems and lethargy.

Poinsettias are considered very low in toxicity but might cause mild vomiting or nausea.

Christmas tree water may contain fertilizers that can upset a pet’s stomach. Stagnant water can also be a breeding ground for bacteria.

Decorations like ribbons or tinsel can become lodged in intestines and cause obstruction.

When having a festive Holiday, take time to check around to help protect all the members of the “family.” For more info we encourage checking out the “web” for other hints and tips and we provide this link to just one of the many sites you can find.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Bill permalink
    12/19/2008 9:32 am

    Thanks for the info, Tristan! So many “innocent” things that could cause a problem. Sadly. I had to have Cort put to sleep last week because of a rapid deterioration in his health. The diagnosis was bowel cancer, and in the end his legs would not support him. So, now Lucky is on her own, and so far she doesn’t seem to be missing her companion. Laura says you and Bobby are getting along well, and that’s good news. Best holiday wishes to you both and for 2009.

  2. 12/19/2008 11:26 am

    Bill, so sorry about Cort. We had asked Luara to pass on our regards and sympathy but I’ll take this time to do it again.

    I know how much you loved Cort. Thank you for your comments and we hope to see you soon.

  3. 12/19/2008 3:17 pm

    Gates, Gates and More Gates! We have them everywhere to keep our Greyhound, Seti; Cairn Terrier, Toby; and Pomeranian/Chihuahua, Sugar Bear safe at Christmas. Thanks for the reminders! Love to you and Bob and a Joyous Holiday Season to your readers!

  4. catherinecarey permalink
    12/19/2008 7:25 pm

    Talked to a friend with 2 young cats the other day. Skip the tree this year. The cats are likely to climb it. Dangerous, messy and tedious. Yikes.

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