Common items can be harmful to dogs, cats and other animals
SACRAMENTO, CA (November 10, 2009) – United Animal Nations (UAN) today issued tips for keeping pets safe and avoiding veterinary emergencies this winter, especially during the holidays. UAN advises all pet owners to keep their pets away from the following items this winter:
“The holidays are a time to relax and enjoy the company of loved ones, both two-legged and four-legged,” said UAN President and CEO Nicole Forsyth. “We want pet owners to exercise caution so they can avoid unnecessary and stressful trips to the veterinarian.”
Forsyth offered these tips for pet-proofing a home this winter:
- Resist the temptation to reward pets with “people food.” Sweets are dangerous for pets. Chocolate contains theobromine, which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures and hyperactivity, along with increased thirst, urination and heart rate. Candies containing a sweetener called xylitol are also toxic. Poultry bones can splinter and cause blockages and greasy, spicy and fatty foods can cause upset stomachs.
- Decorate with caution. Tinsel, ribbons, aluminum foil and cellophane can cause intestinal blockages if ingested. Glass ornaments can cause injury and electrical wires can shock animals who chew on them. Cover Christmas tree water with a tree skirt because it may contain fertilizers or bacteria that could make your pets sick if they drink it.
- 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.
- Keep pets indoors. Low temperatures, wind, rain and snow can lead to illness and death for a pet living outdoors. In addition, water bowls freeze in cold weather. Never leave your pet in a car during cold weather.
Founded in 1987, United Animal Nations (UAN) focuses on bringing animals out of crisis and strengthening the bond between people and animals through a variety of programs, including emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance and education. Learn more at www.uan.org.