Safe and Happy Holidays to All!
Wishing everyone happy holidays and a healthy new year! A few things to remember this season, RESCUE not RETAIL! If you are thinking about adding a furry friend to your family, please adopt for your local shelter or rescue group. There are a few days before Christmas and if you can find it in your heart to give a homeless pet the joy of family, please consider fostering. It's a great way for pets to be relieved of the stress caused by shelter life. Lastly, here are a list of items to avoid to keep your pets safe during this festive season (thanks to www.jusani.com):
Plants (all can cause stomach aches and/or diarrhea)
- Christmas Cactus
- Evergreen needles
- Ribbon/Yarn/String— can be ingested and cause intestinal obstruction and bunching of the intestine
- Potpourri— dangerous oils
- Candles— burning/fire hazard that need be placed out of animals reach
- Tinsel— choking and possible intestinal obstruction
- Low-hanging ornaments— fragile ornaments can tear the esophagus and intestine if ingested plus huge messes to clean up if you cat decided to have a heyday
- Christmas lights and electrical cords— strangulation and electrocution hazard
- Food on the tree (popcorn, candy canes, gingerbread people)— varying degrees of indigestion, diarrhea, and other digestive problems
- Poultry bones— fragile and can splinter in the throat and intestinal tract
- Uncooked yeast— can expand in the stomach, causing gastric problems and possible rupture – bloating is a serious health concern for dogs
- Gravy— high fat content can lead to stomach aches and pancreatitis; often contains high levels of onion and garlic
- Garlic/onions/chives/leeks— all can cause a fatal anemia
- Grapes/raisins— both contain a toxin that can damage the kidneys
- Macadamia nuts— contain a toxin that can damage the digestive system
- Chocolate— contains theobromine, a central nervous system stimulant that may cause seizures, excessive urination (leading to dehydration), and heart damage.
- Coffee/caffeine— contains toxin and reacts in a similar fashion to chocolate in animals.