The holiday season is upon us with lots of good food, fancy decorations and visitors. Here are some tips to help keep your furry companions safe!
- Many snow globes contain ethylene glycol which is poisonous to pets. If pets lick the fluid from a broken snow globe it can quickly lead to severe illness and death.
- Water additives to extend the life of your Christmas tree can be toxic to pets. If you use these cover the tree base with tinfoil to keep pets away.
- Tinsel and ribbons are hard for cats (and some dogs!) to resist. They can cause gastric problems including obstructions if swallowed.
- Keep food gifts or other fragment presents out from under the tree if you don’t want Fido to open them early!
- Many holiday plants are poisonous or toxic to pets so be aware or limit to locations out of reach for pets. These include:
- Christmas Cactus
- Poinsettias – mildly toxic and can cause drooling, gastric upset and/or diarrhea but not usually fatal!
- If your pet is not a social butterfly have a safe, quiet room they can escape to. Be sure to have some of their favorite toys, snacks or chews and water available.
- Watch out for door darters! Take extra precautions with pets; consider leashing your pups or keeping felines in a closed room.
The following are some foods that can be harmful for pets.
- Bones – can splinter and cause serious health issues for your pet!
- Grapes and raisins
- Macadamia nuts
- Garlic, Onions or Chives
- Xylitol also on labels as Birch Sugar
If your pet ingests these items call your vet or the Poison Control Helpline below and follow their recommendation!
Pet Poison Helpline at 1- 800 – 213 – 6680