Happy Holidays,

Without the Hazards

As summer comes to a close we begin to look forward to the holiday season. Although we love to share these festive times with our furry companions, we need to be able to discern what is in THEIR best interest. When it comes to the holidays, the last thing we want is to spend them in an Emergency Clinic with a beloved family member. Therefore, we must take precautions which we will share with you, in hopes that you and your family may enjoy this season to its fullest!

Halloween

As the leaves turn and begin to bring color to our world, many of us begin to anticipate the first Holiday of the season: Halloween

What hazards does Halloween hold for our pets? Some examples are:

Hard Candy

Halloween decorations

Pumpkin seed and stalks

Corn husks

And my personal favorite….Chocolate

All of these pose a risk if ingested by your pets. There is also the potential for them to become tangled in the faux webbing. Always be aware of where your pets are, and mind what is going into their mouths.

Thanksgiving

The next Holiday many of us welcome with open arms is Thanksgiving. Good food, football, family, what could be so bad about that?!

Thanksgiving Holiday Hazards:

Bones of any kind

Onions

Fats

Ham

Dough

Raisins

Test these waters and your pet may face diarrhea, pancreatitis, poisoning, toxicity, or blockages of the intestine. If you absolutely must share with your pets do not use them as the disposal. Handle their Thanksgiving dinner with extreme care. Plain pumpkin, boiled white turkey meat (minus the fat), carrots, peas, and rice would make a delightful dinner. Small portions added to their main diet is a must. Spread those portions out into multiple meals. Never feed it all in one large dinner. If your pet is on a special diet, stick to that diet. If you want to treat them there are canned stews specified to their needs.

Christmas/Hanukah

Oh come on, these too? That’s right. Christmas and Hanukah have Holiday Hazards of their own. Along with the foods of Thanksgiving (Which many of us are sure to indulge in again!) We may include the following:

Tinsel

Bows

Wrapping

Small toys

Candy Canes

Cozy winter socks

Poinsettias

Nuts

Like Thanksgiving, extreme care must be taken to diet.

Animals need to be watched as closely as small children, to make sure they don’t find something to play with that could land them in the ER. Poisoning and blockages are very possible if proper precautions are not taken. Please be aware and be safe.

Have a wonderful Holiday season!

Kim Baumunk, ACS Vet Clinic Receptionist

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