Happy Pet Friendly Holidays!

The holidays are going to look a lot different this year.  Just because this 2020 holiday season will be far from normal, many of us still want to make it meaningful with delicious traditional foods and decorations!

As most pet lovers will agree, our furry family members are a part of every memory we make, so below are reminders on how to keep them healthy and safe during holiday celebrations!

It may be tempting to offer your pet the same delicious food you are preparing and enjoying but doing so may cause severe problems for your furry friend.

Did you know the following foods are unsafe?

Onions and Garlic – can be lethal to pets   Onions and garlic cause destruction of red blood cells in dogs and cats, potentially leading to anemia.

Fat trimmings from meat and bones – they can be dangerous to pets as the fat trimmings from meat can cause pancreatitis and bones can be choked on or actually splinter and cause obstructions in the digestive system.

Cookies – raw dough can cause gastrointestinal issues.  Chocolate, raisins and nuts (especially macadamia) can cause vomiting, diarrhea as well as increased heart rate, tremors and seizures.

Artificial sweeteners are incredibly toxic to dogs, particularly Xylitol.

Additional foods on the “do not feed” list include coffee, avocado, grapes, raisins, spices and alcoholic beverages as they are poisonous.

If you pet has eaten any of these foods and is displaying any of the symptoms described, please consult your vet or an animal poison control center like ASPCA – https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control immediately for assistance.

In addition, be careful with holiday decorations and plants as they may be attractive but could pose a risk.

Securely anchor your Christmas tree as cats may want to climb!  Our feline friends also like nibbling on tinsel, ribbons and wires which could lead to an electrical shock or intestinal damage if any of them are swallowed.

Take care with poinsettias, lilies, holly and mistletoe as they can cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting and diarrhea if the leaves are ingested.

Do not leave lighted candles unattended or within reach of your furry friend to avoid singed whiskers and burnt tails.

Keep breakable ornaments out of paws reach to avoid breakage and injuries.

Happy Pet Friendly Holidays from your LCR friends!!

 

Posted:  December 18, 2020, by Jill Roggio

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