Did you know that the holidays are one of the busiest times for emergency vet visits? From turkey bones to tinsel, our pets can get into things that aren't always the best for them.
Did you know that the holidays are one of the busiest times for emergency vet visits? From turkey bones to tinsel, our pets can get into things that are not always the best for them. Here are some things to watch out for this holiday season:
- Avoid giving your pets things such as cooked bones, fatty trimmings, sweet treats like chocolate or cookies, anything containing artificial sweetener xylitol, nuts or alcohol.
- Keep an eye on holiday decorations such as tinsel, ribbon and glass ornaments. Cats in particular enjoy climbing Christmas trees and playing with decorations. They may accidentally ingest something that can lead to intestinal problems.
- Make sure cords are hidden from pets who like to chew. Small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs and ferrets enjoy gnawing on anything that they come across.
- Be mindful of holiday plants such as holly, mistletoe, lilies and poinsettias as they may cause irritation, vomiting, diarrhea and heart arrhythmia in dogs and cats. Lilies in particular are very dangerous to cats, even small consumption can lead to kidney failure.
- Never leave unattended pets with burning candles since they can be easily knocked down leading to fires.
- Be sure to wrap up and put away any trash with leftovers since curious pets can easily get into it and ingest dangerous foods.
Trying to figure out a way to keep your pets busy during this time? We have a great selection of puzzle toys and long lasting chews to keep them out of trouble.
Have a safe and happy holiday season!