Friday, February 12, 2016

Pets and Holiday Foods Often Lead to Big Problems!

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Sleuth the Reporter Dog

Sleuth absolutely loves the holidays!  He loves seeing old friends, playing with seldom seen relatives and, of course, the great holiday dinners!  But, Sleuth knows to play it safe and avoid some of the human food.   His friends at the Veterinary News Network have helped compile these points to keep your pet safe!

1)    More than 60% of people like to share food from the table with their pets.  This can definitely help bonding, but there are dangers to consider.

2)    During the holidays, some foods, especially hams or the skin from turkeys, can lead to a painful emergency situation called pancreatitis.  Pets with pancreatitis will be very uncomfortable and often have persistent vomiting.

3)    Emergency veterinarians report that more cases of pancreatitis are seen during the winter holidays than any other time.   They also see more problems with pets eating bones.

4)    Although most dogs like bones, certain types can splinter and cause obstructions or perforations in your pet’s stomach and intestines.   It’s best to avoid giving any sort of bone altogether.

5)    Even seemingly healthy snacks, like grapes, raisins or macadamia nuts, can be problematic.  Grapes and raisins can cause kidney issues in dogs and the macadamia nuts can cause weakness along with rear leg paralysis.

6)    Of course, most people know to avoid chocolate with their pets, but other sweets, especially those sweetened with Xylitol are also dangerous.  These desserts can cause low blood sugar or liver failure in dogs.

7)    Finally, avoid foods with excessive spices, especially onion and garlic.  And you should never allow your pet to consume alcohol!

8)    Try giving some green beans, some carrots or even a small amount of the pet’s regular kibble as a treat from the table.

9)    Your veterinarian is happy to help you keep your pet safe this holiday season.  Just ask if you have any questions about the foods or snacks you will be serving.

10)    Trust a site like to provide you with accurate and unbiased pet health information.