Christmas – A Hazardous Time For Pets

by on 02/12/09 at 12:10 pm

Christmas – A Hazardous Time For Pets

By Deborah L. Bishop

Christmas is a time to share, buy, give, and rush around frenetically. In your frenzy, you might overlook several potential hazards for your pets. Hazards that could kill your beloved dog or cat.

Please take a few minutes to review this list and make all the necessary changes to ensure your pet’s safe passage from Christmas day to New Year’s day. After all, they deserve to celebrate the holidays, too.

Dangerous holiday foods. Desserts that contain grapes, raisins, or currants can lead to kidney failure. For example, fruit cake should be on your banned list. Chocolate candy, cookies, cakes, and other baked goods can cause seizure, gastrointestinal upset, and heart arrhythmia in dogs and cats. Ask your house guests not to feed your dog meat scraps and bones from the table, as this could lead to pancreatitis. The only treats your pets should eat are those prepared specifically for their species.

Tinsel. Cat owners should not have tinsel in the house. Period. Often mistaken for a chew toy by your playful cat, tinsel can devastate your cat’s intestinal tract. It can become wrapped around your cat’s tongue or get caught in the stomach while the rest of it continues to pass through the intestines. The end result? A very costly surgical procedure (or worse).

Decorations and ornaments. Do not allow your pet to chew on a string of bubble lights. The chemical, methylene chloride (which bubbles when heated), can irritate and damage your pet’s eyes, skin, gastrointestinal tract, and lungs. Avoid hanging ornaments at pet level and keep delicate decorations and lights out of reach. Broken glass will cut your pet’s paws and make for a very unhappy visit to the vet.
The scents of Christmas. Before you envelope your home in a mist of peppermint or pine, realize that this could cause serious harm to your cat. They are particularly sensitive to scented oils in a simmer pot. These oils can be lethal to your feline friend, and even a few swift licks can cause severe chemical burns in the mouth, resulting in fever, respiratory tract prolapse, and tremors. Dogs are not as sensitive as cats, but if you must fill your house with holiday scents, use a nontoxic candle kept safely out of your pet’s reach.

Christmas plants and flowers. If your pet eats mistletoe or holly, he is likely to experience severe gastrointestinal pain which could result in heart arrhythmia. Fragrant lilies, such as Stargazer, tiger, and Asiatic, are extremely toxic to cats. They are commonly found in Christmas floral arrangements. If your cat chews just one leaf, she could experience acute kidney failure. For maximum safety, use silk or plastic arrangements, and even those should be kept out of your pet’s grasp. If you must have a “real” flower bouquet, use non-lethal varieties such as roses, daisies, marigolds, and orchids.

Deborah L. Bishop is a professional writer and business woman with a wonderfully diverse background. Her goal is to provide people with unique coping strategies and techniques. Deborah will not only show you how to rewrite your personal history, but will give you the necessary tools for leading a more fulfilling and successful life. Visit her site at http://time-outformoms.com to access her free report, “The Secret Weapon That Combats Fear and Stress.”

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  • Michaelroddgers

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