This week we are proud to have Jill Adler as our guest writer. Jill is a professional journalist and a ski expert. On our blog, she writes about pet safety this holiday season:
Everyone looks forward to the holiday season, even our furry family members. But what’s good for kids and Santa can kill our best friends. Here are some tips for a petsafe holiday:
COOKIES, CANDY, CHOCOLATE, HOLLY, MISTLETOE AND POINSETTIAS- These things taste great to everyone but in animals they can cause agitation, vomiting, diarrhea, high heart rate, tremors, seizures and even death.
HOLIDAY DECORATIONS – Not only will a pet make a mess if they get into these but eating tinsel, ribbon and similar decorations can cut up the digestive tract and cause intestinal obstruction. Ornaments should be kept off low-lying Christmas tree branches.
ALCOHOL- It’s not funny getting Fido drunk. Alcoholic drinks may cause vomiting, disorientation, diarrhea, lethargy, lack of coordination, difficulty breathing, tremors, coma and seizures.
ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS- Sugarless gum and artificially sweetened treats may cause vomiting, lethargy, loss of coordination, seizures and liver failure.
MACADAMIA NUTS AND WALNUTS- These nuts can cause severe lethargy, increased body temperature, vomiting, tremors, joint stiffness and the inability to walk.
GRAPES, RAISINS, AVOCADOS, ONIONS AND GARLIC- These can cause lethargy, lack of appetite and vomiting.
FATTY TRIMMINGS AND BONES- Pets may experience vomiting and diarrhea. Fatty foods can also promote pancreatitis. Swallowed bones can cause stomach perforation and painful constipation.
ELECTRICAL CORDS- If chewed, live electrical cords can cause burns in or around a pet’s mouth, difficulty breathing, seizures and cardiac arrest.
LIGHTS AND CANDLES – This is more of a fire hazards that an internal concern. Keep them out of reach of pets (and kids for that matter).
FOR SUSPECTED POISONING, CONTACT THE ASPCA POISON CONTROL HOTLINE: (888) 426-4435.
Journalist/DOGTV guest blogger
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