Holidays are happy time of the year, for us. But for our pets they may be problematic. Vets are busiest during the holidays or certain celebrations. This isn’t a coincidence. There is a good reason for this. According to Jim Cook, the president of the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) even the best pet owners should keep the vet number close to them if they need him. In order to protect your cat, dog or other pet, you will have to pay attention to certain ‘’hazards’’.
• One of the hazards is the tree. Maybe it sounds funny, but dogs may sniff and pull it on themselves. On the other side, cats like to climb, so they can do the same. The solution is to secure the tree with a wire, so a cat or a dog cannot pull it.
• According to Cook, Bakers chocolate is the most dangerous type of chocolate for your pets. In fact, all chocolate is dangerous and you shouldn’t feed your pet with them. The ingredients such as caffeine and theobromine are toxic to the pets. You can remember that the darker the chocolate is the more dangerous it is for your pet.
• Table scraps are another danger. The food that is used during the holidays is fatty and rich, so it can cause pancreatitis (life-threatening). Actually, you should avoid feeding your pet with spicy, salty or greasy food. Even the bones of the turkey or similar can splinter in the stomach.
• According to the ‘’Veterinary Technician’’, some seasonal plants, such as poinsettia can be dangerous for your pet. They are low on the toxic scale, but still can cause gastrointestinal upset if your pet eats them.