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CHRISTMAS HAZARDS PET TIPS

(Compliments of P.A.W.S.)

 

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 In the case of chocolates, beware. Chocolate can make your pet very ill. If you suspect that your pet has eaten chocolate, call your vet for advice.

 

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Allowing your pet to have treats and sweets can lead to intestinal upsets or worse. Turkey bones, for example, can damage the stomach and intestine and may cause blockages. Fatty Christmas dinner trimmings, such as gravy, butter and stuffing, can lead to pancreatitis, a potentially deadly condition.

 

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Poinsettia plants, can cause illness. The sap in the stems and leaves are very irritating when chewed or ingested. Occasionally the sap may even splash into the eyes of a playful pet causing irritation.

 

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 Small decorations and tree ornaments are easily swallowed and can cause blockage of the stomach and intestines.

 

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Yarn, Christmas tinsel, ribbons and other chewables are attractive to playful and curious pets. These may cause internal damage if swallowed. Tinsel is deadly when ingested as it will actually cut into the intestine.

 

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Remember that holidays can be stressful for pets. More people, more noise and changes in their daily schedule may frighten or confuse them. Securing your pet in a quiet area during a holiday party is easier for your pet and for you.