The holidays are stressful (do you have to do a zoom call with that 'one' relative this year?) but keeping your pets safe shouldn't be! Keeping these safety tips in mind can help you avoid a pet emergency during the holiday season.
- Table Scraps: Probably the most common reason that pets end up in the ER during the holidays. We understand that people want to treat their pets, but foods they aren't used to, including fat and bones can cause diarrhea, and in some cases, pancreatitis. It's best to steer clear of slipping your dog human food under the table. Warn any guests if your pet has allergies or a sensitive stomach. You can always make them a plate of their own food and/or treats so that they feel special just like everyone else!
- Christmas tree water. This water can contain bacteria, trees can leak sap into the water, and some trees are treated with fertilizers that can get into the water.
- Poinsettias: This beautiful Christmas plant is highly toxic to our pets if ingested.
- Chocolate: Though most humans love it, it is toxic to our pets and can be very dangerous for them if eaten. Please keep this out of reach of pets as it only takes a moment for a mischievous pet to find and ingest.
- Mince Pies: Grapes, raisins, and currants are also toxic to our pets.
- Blue cheese: Yep, really! It contains a chemical, roquefortine C, which many dogs are sensitive to.
- Tinsel: Oh the fun! But it can cause a lot of damage to your pet's stomach and intestines if ingested, best to avoid them having any access to the sparkly decoration.
- Garlic, chives, and onions: All from the same family and found in a lot of Holiday dishes, but these foods can cause anemia.
- Candles: Who doesn't love the ambiance that a pretty lit candle can provide? The problem is that curious kitties can be drawn to the moving flames. They can accidentally burn themselves or knock the candles off of a counter or table. Flameless candles are a great alternative; same mood, but safe!
- Alcohol: This probably goes without saying, but it's not a good idea to share an alcoholic beverage with your pet. Emerald City Pet Supplies has many treats and beverage options for your pet. We even have Meowijuana for your kitties! There are lots of options available to celebrate with your pet safely. Ask us all about them!
Lastly, be prepared in case any of these things happen by mistake. Try and stay calm, as your fear can often cause your pet's stress level to go up as well. When in doubt, take your pet to the nearest emergency vet.
From our fur-family to yours, have a wonderful and safe Howl-i-day season!
Tips provided by ECPR staff member Lynda
Posted: December 16, 2020