Friday, February 12, 2016

Winter Dangers for Pets

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Winter and Holiday Dangers for Your Pets     

 Wintertime and holidays can be a fun filled time for all members of the family, even our pets.   But, there are many dangers during this time of year.    Sleuth, the Reporter Dog helped his friends at the Veterinary News Network dig up these tips for you and your pet.   Please watch out for these potential holiday mishaps:

1)      Many of our favorite holiday foods are not good for our pets and can cause severe digestive upset.   In particular, high fat foods, like turkey skin, can cause a painful inflammation of your pet’s pancreas.  

2)      Other foods to avoid include any excessively salty food, poultry bones, onions or onion powder, grapes, raisins, chocolates, artificially sweetened foods, and, of course, alcohol.

3)      Remember that all leftovers and trash should be put away securely.   Foil wrapping, strings, and other trash will often retain a delicious odor, often causing pets to think that the item is food.

4)      Many decorative plants can be deadly to our pets.   These include natural holly and mistletoe.   Poinsettias are less dangerous.   Lilies can be deadly to cats and should be avoided if possible.

5)      Many holiday decorations, like tinsel and ribbons, are irresistible to cats and can cause obstructions.   Glass ornaments can be easily broken and all those extra extension cords can cause severe burns to inquisitive puppies.

6)      Even live Christmas trees can cause problems if preservatives are used in the water.   Don’t allow your pet to drink from water used for the tree.

7)      Antifreeze can be deadly to your pet.   Its sweet taste is appealing to many pets.   Once symptoms are noticed, it is too late for an antidote and many pets die due to this toxic chemical.

8)      Cold temperatures are hard on our pets too!   Without proper shelter, pets can suffer from frostbite and hypothermia, just like we do.

9)      Older pets, pets with arthritis and even puppies may be more severely affected by cold weather.  Keep everybody indoors whenever possible!

10)    Talk to your veterinarian and be sure to bookmark to help keep you current on the latest in pet health information.