The holidays are here! Yippee!! Time for friends and family, both human and non-human, to revel in some festivities. Let’s make sure our celebrations are less naughty, more nice!
1. If you’re like me, your house looks like a mini winter wonderland during the holidays. Cats and dogs loooove shiny, jingly things, which means temptation is literally hanging at nose level. If your fuzzy family member decides your decorations look tasty, this can lead to an intestinal obstruction. This means your pet’s intestines can’t function properly and will make him/her very sick if not caught in time. If you notice vomiting, abdominal pain or swelling, sluggishness or weakness, or lack of appetite, get your pet to the vet immediately. Even better, try to keep those super tempting decorations out of reach and avoid a potentially yucky situation!
2. As much as we love making merry around the holidays, sometimes they can be stressful. Your pet feels the same way, believe me. Unfamiliar sounds and people can make your pet uncomfortable. If you have a dog, try taking him/her for a vigorous walk before the festivities and give them a chew toy to help distract them. If that doesn’t work, or if you have a shy kitty, put them in a quiet room where they can relax and ride out all of the commotion.
3. Holidays=food. It’s that simple. As we all know, cats and dogs have an incredible sense of smell. Imagine being surrounded by the aroma of turkey roasting in the oven, cookies and pies baking, mashed potatoes…with that sniffer? Can you imagine the temptation? Unfortunately, lots of foods that we can digest without issue will make your pet very sick. Below is a list of foods and objects that pose a hazard to your fuzzy friends.
Now get out there and have the happiest holiday season yet!
- NSAID painkillers (i.e. Advil, etc.)
Foreign Body Ingestion Risks
- Scented Candles
- Turkey/poultry bones