As the holiday season draws near there are many hazards that await your pet. First I would point out that people food is not meant for pets. We as humans want our pets to be included in the holiday festivities; in many ways we will express this by allowing them to have their own turkey dinner or Christmas ham. This can be very dangerous for your pet. Most pet’s digestive systems are not equipped to digest these fatty meals. Even a small piece of turkey skin can cause serious digestive upset for some pets. In serious cases it can cause pancreatitis, which usually requires hospitalization at your veterinarians and can turn into an expensive Christmas ham – just to make Fluffy “feel” special during the holidays.
Another hazard that comes to mind is the Christmas tree. This is a joyous occasion for you cat or kitten. Not only does it become an inappropriate perch (although not if you’re the cat) but the cords of course are a hazard. Chewing electric cords can be deadly for pets. The ornaments can also be hazardous, especially if they are ingested. Tinsel, well what can I say, tinsel is sparkly and moves easily, making it a perfect item that cats love to play with, but if ingested it usually does not pass through intestinal track without incident. Please, please, please avoid tinsel if you have cat. Another tree item is the water provided for real trees, this is a favorite watering hole for dogs and cats, but tree sap is known to be toxic to pets.
Most people know that chocolate is toxic to dogs. Chocolate toxicity is based on your pet’s weight and also the type of chocolate, for instance, bakers chocolate is much more toxic than milk chocolate. A call to your veterinarian is needed if you pet ingests chocolate. Xylitol is another ingredient found in candy and chewing gum that is toxic to pets. Keep these stocking stuffers out of reach of your pet.
Other toxic items found around the house include: poinsettia, lilies, holly, potpourri, as well as food items like: grapes, raisins, and onions. Be sure to call you veterinarian if your pet has encountered any holiday hazard.
With that have a Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year!