‘Tis the season to be jolly…you know the rest. The team at Colma Animal Hospital wants to keep this season jolly for you and your four-legged friend, which is why we have created the following holiday pet safety tips. We hope you and your pets have a wonderful holiday and prosperous new year!
As you trim your tree and wrap those last-minute gifts, keep in mind that tinsel and ribbon can be dangerous to your pet, especially if you have a cat. Cats are especially attracted to the stringy, shiny nature of these decorations and are known to even eat them. This can result in intestinal blockage, which can often be corrected only with surgery. Other potentially dangerous decorations include Christmas lights, real Christmas trees, and mistletoe. Keep these decorations out of your pet’s reach, or consider some safer alternatives instead.
Toxic Table Food
As soon as your pet gets a whiff of that Christmas or New Year’s Eve dinner, they’re probably going to want a taste. Although some table food is safe and even beneficial to dogs and cats, there are others that are actually toxic to them. On the “toxic” list are foods that contain chocolate, raisins, grapes, macadamia nuts, onions, and the sugar substitute xylitol. If ingested, these foods can result in vomiting, diarrhea, or worse, possibly landing your pet in the emergency room. We know that’s the last way you want to spend the holidays, so always use caution before feeding your pet from the table.
Will you be hosting a Christmas or New Year’s party at your home? If so, don’t forget to consider your pet’s safety as you’re making plans. Leaving your pet out to interact with your guests might not be the best idea, especially if there are any young children present. Gauge your pet’s behavior to determine if you should keep them in a separate room or gated area, away from the festivities, or if it’s safe to leave them out. If you choose to leave your pet out, make sure your guests are aware of your house rules, such as feeding your pet from the table.
If you have any questions about these pet holiday tips for your dog or cat, feel free to give us a call at 650-755-0969, and a Colma Animal Hospital representative will be happy to assist you.