Saturday, December 11, 2010

keep your pets safe during the holidays

Tis the season for emergency vet visits.

   That may not sound very merry but with all the festivities we often forget one of our most important guests, our pets. 

     With all the baking and all the decorating we expose our pets to many hazards of the holiday season. 
Read the following tips and you will be on your way to keeping your pets safe and enjoying the holiday season.

Especially with young animals such as puppies and kittens the new exposed wires and extension cords may be more temptation than they can resist.  Not only can they unleash their desires to chew on these cords but can easily become entangles in them and cause a mini disaster. So keep all electrical wiring and extension cords neat and hidden.

My mother makes a huge nativity scene along with a Christmas tree and bought fake fall leaves to put around the wall.  Well my pup snoopy garces (6years young) simply could not believe his luck that someone brought inside the leaves he loves to chomp on outside.  So he did the most logical thing and he ate every single one of my mothers plastic and cloth fake seasonal leaves.  Needless to say the aftermath was not fun to clean up, he pooped and I scooped very festive droppings. But incidents such as this can cause serious gastro problems so be wise to keep decorations away from your pets or rather your pets away from your decorations.

Nothing is more common during this time than a flurry of cooking.  It seems that everyday we are in the middle of cooking a grand feast.  Well our pets are just as excited awaiting eagerly a dropped bit of meat or an unattended treat.  But if your pet is not used to eating human food especially food high in grease and fat too much too quickly may upset their tummy.  There are of course some foods that should never be given to any animal such as chocolate items to dogs and raisins, grapes, and any sort of alcohol .  So be ware of your table surfer and prepare your pet its own feast that is appropriate for its breed. 

Now those beautiful holiday plants are great to look at but many are poisonous to animals.

poinsettia plant
mistletoe and holly
lilies and daffodils
and don't forget Christmas trees too

The level of toxicity varies and often depends on how much is consumed and size of animals
signs to look out for are vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and in extreme cases seizures and death. 

Always err on the side of caution and double check before you bring anything in your home if it will be dangerous to your pet as these are not the only things that pose a danger during the holiday season.

On behalf of the Just Pawfect family we wish you a happy and safe holiday season. Woof!!

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