Katherine Bryson, RVT
The holiday’s are quickly approaching. Do you have the information you need to keep your pets happy and healthy throughout the festivities? Read on for helpful tips and tricks.
1. Christmas Trees
Cats especially love to climb Christmas trees. Make sure yours is securely anchored to prevent it from tipping and falling. You should also ensure that your pets are unable to access the tree water which can potentially contain preservatives or fertilizers that can be harmful to pets.
2. Poisonous Plants
Mistletoe, holly and poinsettias are all toxic to pets. If you do plan on decorating with these make sure they are placed in areas not accessible to your pets.
3. Holiday Decorations
Tinsel and garland are especially dangerous. Cats (and dogs) will often times ingest these when playing with them, the tinsel can entangle inside the intestines and cause blockages that may require surgical removal. When purchasing ornaments make sure that they are plastic. Avoid glass ornaments that can break and cause cuts or other injuries.
4. Lights and Candles
Inspect and repair lights and electrical cords at least annually. Keep them out of your pets reach to avoid electrical burns and potential fires from chewed cords. Keep candles out of tail and paw reach to prevent accidental fires. Ensure candles are extinguished when they aren’t being supervised.
Ensure leftovers and compost are disposed of accordingly to prevent accidental ingestion. Compost can contain toxins that are harmful when ingested.
6. Fatty Foods
Early morning bacon tastes delicious to us but shouldn’t be given to pets. Any fatty foods should be avoided to prevent gastrointestinal upset and pancreatitis.
Avoid giving your dogs bones of any sort but especially chicken and turkey. Bones can easily splinter causing internal injuries and can cause blockages that may require surgical repair.
Chocolate is toxic to dogs. Keep any candies and chocolates out of reach and never give them as treats. Chocolate can cause gastrointestinal upset and diarrhea and often required medical intervention.
9. Guests and Visitors
The holidays can be stressful for people and pets. Make sure your pets have a quiet place to escape to when they get overwhelmed. Ensure that guests know the “house rules”. If your pets have specific dietary dietary restrictions or behavioural needs make sure they know before a problem arises.
Call us at New Perth Animal Hospital with any questions about your pets and their safety, at (902) 838-1800.