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Finally, the one time of year my chubby physique is appreciated. @IAmEnidColeslaw
The holidays can be an exciting time. However they can bring extra hazards for your pets. Some of the most common ones are as follows:
Batteries- Batteries for new toys can cause GI distress and corrosion. They can also become lodged in the throat. Button batteries, popular for newer electronics are a special danger for they are easily swallowed.
Bones - Small turkey and ham bones can lodge in the throat, stomach and digestive tract requiring surgery to remove. Also, the fats and gravies that you may add to your pets' food can cause diarrhea and vomiting.
Holiday Plants - Many plants can be poisonous to you pet. The holidays add a few more to that list and include mistletoe, poinsettia, lilies and holly (the berries are especially toxic). Holly and mistletoe are extremely poisonous when eaten. Mistletoe can cause vomiting, severe diarrhea, difficult breathing, shock and death within hours of ingestion.The lovely poinsettia may not be truly poisonous but its milky white sap and leaves can certainly cause severe gastric distress, as can christmas cactus. With so many hybrid varieties available each year, the best approach is to keep the plants out of your pet’s reach.
Electrical Cords - These are always a hazard to curious kittens and puppies. But the extra lights and decorations provide even more temptation. Make sure that all electrical cords are in good condition and out of reach.
Christmas Trees - These create a whole realm of dangers for your pet. Poorly secured trees can fall on rambunctious pets as the run around or try to climb them. Pine needles can cause GI irritation and perforation. Sharp or breakable ornaments should be kept well out of the way of curious mouths and paws. Christmas trees may contain additives and preservatives, which leech into the water and can be toxic if ingested. Preservatives often used in the water in a tree stand can cause gastric upsets, so be sure it is inaccessible or not used. Avoid sugar and aspirin additives in the water as well.Tinsel, yarn and ribbon can cause linear foreign bodies (get wrapped up throughout the intestinal tract) and create a blockage and/or possible perforations.
Lost Pets - The holidays make it easier for pets to sneak their way out of the house with the extra guests and visiting friends going in and out. Be sure to keep identification on your pets at all times and keep them contained in a bedroom if you are expecting a lot of foot traffic through your front door.
Mitten weather! Had an early doctor's appointment so it was mittens and leather jacket time. Plants stayed covered up until noon, when the sun came out. A little sun time and then covered up again, for the frost tonight.
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