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How to Keep Your Pet Safe During the Holidays

December 23, 2015


‘Tis the season for friends, family, and food! The team at PrimeVet in Orange Park, FL, wants to keep this season jolly for you and your dogs and cats, which is why we have created the following holiday pet safety tips. We hope you and your family (pets included!) have a wonderful holiday and prosperous new year!

Christmas Decorations

As you trim your tree and wrap those last-minute gifts, remember that tinsel and ribbon can be dangerous to your pet, especially if you have a cat. Cats are typically drawn to the stringy, shiny nature of these decorations and are known to even eat them. This can result in intestinal blockage, which can often be corrected only with surgery. Other potentially dangerous decorations include real Christmas trees (pine needles), Christmas lights, and certain kinds of mistletoe. So keep these decorations out of your pet’s reach, or consider some safer alternatives instead.

Holiday Parties

Will you be hosting a Christmas or New Year’s party at your home? If so, don’t forget to consider your pet’s safety as you’re making your plans. If you decide to leave your pet out, make sure your guests are aware of your house rules, such as feeding your pet from the table. If any of your guests are young children, or your pet gets uneasy around large groups of people, it might be best to leave your pet in a separate room.

Toxic Table Food

The moment your pet gets a whiff of those holiday meals, they’re probably going to want a taste. Although some table food is safe and even beneficial to dogs and cats, there are others that are actually toxic to them. On the “toxic” list are foods that contain chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions, macadamia nuts, and the sugar substitute xylitol. If ingested, these foods can result in vomiting, diarrhea, or worse. We know the emergency room is the last place you want to spend your holidays with your pet, so always use caution before feeding your pet from the table.

If you have any questions about these pet holiday tips for your dog or cat, feel free to give us a call at 904-644-7876, and a PrimeVet representative will be happy to assist you.

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