Most people think of their dog or cat as a member of their family, and they want to include them in their holiday festivities. While having fun with your pet can make the holiday extra special, it can be a dangerous time for furry family members. At Casillas Veterinary Hospitals we see animals every year that have been injured by holiday treats or decorations. Keeping your pet safe is more a matter of knowing what to look for, and finding out safe alternatives to make the whole family happy.
Keep Your Pet Safe and Healthy in Montebello
The holidays are a time for special treats, and pets often get to share in this feast. While there’s nothing wrong with giving your pet a bite of turkey or a sliver of roast beef, many holiday treats can be dangerous or deadly for your pets. Watch out for:
- Turkey bones, which can splinter in your pet’s stomach
- Turkey skin, which is high in fat and difficult for pets to digest
- Onions, which contain a chemical which causes red blood cells to burst in dogs and cats
- Chocolate, which is poisonous for both dogs and cats
- Grapes and raisins, which can cause sudden kidney failure in dogs
The holidays aren’t all about food, though. Many families decorate their houses, inside and out. Depending on your pets’ disposition and habits, you may want to rethink some of your traditional decorations. If dogs or cats eat tinsel, it can bind or slice their intestines. If you have a chewing puppy, tape cords to the wall out of reach. Hang glass ornaments higher in the tree and save the non-breakable ones for lower down in case pets knock them off. Skip the traditional candles on the coffee table and substitute electric candles, or place candles on a high shelf or mantel.
The holidays don’t have to be a dangerous time for your dog or cat, as long as you think ahead of time. Do you have any questions about pets and holiday celebrations?