The holiday season is upon us. As you gear up for the holidays, it is important to try to keep your pet’s eating and exercise habits as normal as possible.
Be careful with decorations
- On your Christmas tree: Securely anchor your Christmas tree so that it does not fall over causing possible injury.
- Watch your tinsel and decorations: Kittens and cats love this sparkly “toy” that’s easy to bat around and carry in their mouths, but if swallowed this can cause an obstruction, severe vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery. Baubles may fall from your tree and roll across the floor, enticing your dog or cat to chase and crush them, these baubles can shatter and cause cuts to the mouth and throat if ingested.
- Holiday candles: Don’t leave candles lit and un attended. Your pet may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over. Be sure to use appropriate candle holders.
- Extension cords and Christmas lights: Keep cords, wires and batteries out of reach. An electrical cord can deliver a lethal electrical shock and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and oesophagus.
Avoid holiday food dangers
- Skip the sweets, do not to feed your pets chocolate and anything sweetened with xylitol,.
- Make sure to keep pets away from the table and unattended plates of food and be sure to secure the lids on your garbage bins.
- Fatty and spicy food as well as bones should not be fed to your furry friends. these can cause vomiting, diarrhoea or constipation, and possibly pancreatitis. Keep costly medical bills down by not feeding these foods.
- Keep your BBQ fat free, many dogs and cats can’t resist the temptation to lick all the fat from your BBQ, this can lead to pancreatitis.
- Don’t leave alcoholic drinks around, some pets love the sweetness of a baileys or cocktail. If alcohol is ingested your pet could become weak, ill and may even go into a coma, possibly resulting in death from respiratory failure.
- As all your family and guest to keep any medications safely out of reach of your pets.
- Make sure you let your family and friends know what they can and cannot fed your pets.
- Give your pets their own quiet place. Some pets just prefer to be on their own away from celebrations.
- Keep your vets number on standby, just in case they are required.