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Happy Holidays!

posted by Westward Animal Hospital    |   December 7, 2015 12:06
With the holidays approaching we just want to make sure everyone keeps safe and happy. Christmas trees can present a problem with pets wanting to investigate it, especially cats who may try and climb it. Be careful with breakable ornaments and decorations that can be swatted off and broken. Also watch out for those edible treats that may not agree with our pet family members. Chocolate especially, but also other things like garlic, onions,raisins, caffeine (which can be poisonous and /or can affect internal organs), candy with Xylitol (or that can get stuck in throats), raw bread dough with yeast which can cause bloating that will lead to other problems. Nuts in general contain high phosphorus so can cause bladder stones, but macadamia nuts in particular are toxic to animals. Also if you are determined to share some of your Christmas dinner make sure not to give very much since high fatty foods can cause upset stomachs which can lead to diarrhea and vomiting, (this also includes milk and dairy products). Table scraps are also usually pretty high in calories which can lead to overweight pets too, so make sure not to over do it. Definitely avoid alcohol since it can cause disorientation, sickness and if they get enough, alcohol poisoning. Sometimes those holiday drinks can smell pretty good to our furry friends so make sure they are high enough that they can't get to them. Overall we just want to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday!

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