Common holiday items and food can be harmful to dogs, cats and other animals
SACRAMENTO, CA (November 13, 2007) – United Animal Nations (UAN) today issued its Top Five Winter Pet Threats – a list of items and activities that can be hazardous to dogs, cats and other household pets this winter, and in particular around the holidays.
“Things that seem harmless to us can cause serious illness or injury to our pets,” said UAN President and CEO Nicole Forsyth. “For example, tinsel, ribbons and cellophane wrappers, if swallowed, can create intestinal obstructions that could require surgery to treat.”
Forsyth offered this list of Top Five Winter Pet Threats to help pet owners safeguard their animals this winter.
- Keep pets warm. Protect pets from the cold by keeping them indoors. A sweater will help short-haired dogs stay warm. Dogs should not be shaved down to the skin, as their fur also provides warmth.
- Go faux. Since many common plants, like mistletoe, poinsettias, holly berries and lilies can all be toxic to animals, keep these items well out of reach or consider using artificial versions. Other common winter household items that are toxic to animals include:
Feed with care. Some of the yummiest holiday goodies can be very dangerous for pets. Keep the following foods out of reach of your pets:
Grapes and raisins
Uncooked yeast dough
- Decorate with caution. Tinsel, ribbons, aluminum foil and cellophane can all cause intestinal blockages if ingested. Glass ornaments can cause injury and electrical wires can shock animals who chew on them. Christmas tree water can contain fertilizer that is harmful to dogs if ingested, so cover the tree stand to reduce this risk.
- Travel safely.As you make plans to see loved ones and friends, don’t overlook your pets! If you are bringing them along, confirm that they will be welcome wherever you stay. Also place a temporary identification tag with your vacation location and contact information, in case your pet gets lost. Often times, it is less stressful on you and your pets if you leave them at home with a pet sitter when you travel. Sure, you’ll miss them, but think of how happy you’ll be to see each other when you get home!
“The holidays are a time to relax and enjoy the company of loved ones, both two-legged and four-legged,” Forsyth said. “We want pet owners to exercise caution so they can avoid unnecessary and stressful trips to the veterinarian.”
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