|Holiday Safety Tips for Pets:
· New Year's is a celebration for all. Be aware of any pet hazards such as fun noise-makers and confetti which
can pose a serious threat to your pets' sense of well-being and health. Noise-makers can frighten your pet
causing the pet to bolt out an open door window, or leap to a precarious area in search of safety. Confetti can
be ingested, wreaking havoc to the digestive tract.
· Plants and Flowers – Many decorative plants (such as mistletoe and Poinsettia’s) can be harmful or fatal to
your pet. See our list of Toxic Plants.
· Guests - Holiday treats like alcoholic beverages and rich, fatty food scraps and bones can be harmful or toxic
to pets. Remember to caution visitors against giving your pet "special treats."
· Supervise all candles - pets are attracted to the bright "lights" in a darkened room. Not only could they receive
serious burns, but they could knock the candles over, spilling hot wax onto furniture and carpeting. Don't leave
candles unattended for their sake and for the obvious fire hazards.
· Decorations -should be carefully placed so that the pets can't pull or scratch off any small pieces to swallow.
· Activities - Increased activity and visitors during the winter holiday season can upset your pet's routine. Try to
keep your pet on his regular schedule for feeding and exercise and be sure the pet gets plenty of love.
· Please do not use angelhair (spun glass) - low toxicity; can cause irritation of the eyes, skin and
gastrointestinal tract. Artificial snow and snow flock also has low toxicity - dry particles are inert; however, toxicity
from inhalation can occur if spayed directly in the mouth.
· Hang your ornaments high on the Christmas tree. Use wooden, medal, resin-cast or the like on the lower
branches in case curious little paws want to play with bright and colorful ornaments. Tinsel isn't toxic, but if
ingested, intestinal obstruction and choking are potential problems...please don't use.
· Fireplace Colors (fire salts) are breath-taking on a cold winter's evening, but they can be toxic. Generally
moderate toxicity; symptoms are gastrointestinal irritation with vomiting and a variety of other manifestations,
· Gift ribbons and bows – Keep them out of sight to prevent chewing and swallowing.
Food - Related Items
Holiday foods we enjoy cooking and eating can be a problem for your pet.
Rich, fatty foods, like gravy or grease, can cause problems ranging from stomach upsets to pancreatitis, which
is an inflammation of the pancreas resulting in pain, vomiting, and dehydration. Dogs with this serious
condition often require hospitalization for treatment.
Alcohol can cause serious intoxications in pets, and many dogs are attracted to it. Every year hundreds of dogs
die after a single bout of alcohol consumption. Clean up glasses after holiday parties. Dogs are often attracted
by the sweet taste of drinks, especially eggnog.
Chocolate, coffee, and tea all contain dangerous components called xanthines, which cause nervous system
or urinary system damage and heart muscle stimulation. Chocolate, with theobromine, is especially a problem
because dogs love its flavor. Problems from ingestion range from diarrhea to seizures and death.
Unsweetened baking chocolate and dark chocolate are the worst culprits, but all chocolate, fudge, and other
candy should be placed out of your dog's reach.
Uncooked meat, fish, and poultry can contain disease-causing bacteria, such as E. coli, and parasites such as
Toxoplasma gondii. These uncooked foods should not be given to your dog. For your own health, as well as
your pet's, wash utensils that have been in contact with raw meat, and cook meat thoroughly.
Bones from fish, meat, or poultry can also cause problems if swallowed. Even small bones can splinter
causing lacerations (tearing) throughout the intestinal tract. So, no matter how big or how little they are, be sure
to keep bones (other than those that are specially sterilized and treated) away from your dog. Rawhides, Kong
toys, and hardened, sterilized bones would be better alternatives.
Tobacco products can be fatal to pets, if ingested. Signs of poisoning develop within 15 to 45 minutes and
include excitation, salivation, vomiting, and diarrhea. Pets may develop seizures, collapse and die from cardiac
arrest. Keep cigarettes, cigars, tobacco, nicotine gum and patches, and ashtrays out of the reach of pets. Empty
ashtrays frequently since cigarette butts contain about 25% of the total nicotine in a cigarette.
Uncooked yeast dough can expand and produce gas in the digestive system, causing pain and possible
rupture of the stomach or intestines.
Grapes and raisins contain an unknown toxin, which can damage the kidneys.
The artificial sweetner, xylitol, that is present in some gums, breath mints, candy, and other human food can be
very toxic to dogs.
Macadamia nuts contain an unknown toxin, which can affect the digestive and nervous systems and muscles
Remember, dogs have an exceptional sense of smell – juices on plastic or aluminum foil left on countertops
are very tempting. If ingested, plastic or foil wrap (cellophane candy wrappers or food wrap) can cause choking
or intestinal obstruction.
Meat-soaked strings from rump roasts are also enticing. Ingestion can cause a surgical emergency called a
'linear string foreign body' in the intestines.
To be safe, put away food immediately, and pet-proof your garbage. Garbage contains all kinds of other
hazards for your dog such as plastic wrap and bags, 6-pack beverage holders that could cause strangulation,
fat trimmings, bones, and pieces of ribbon or tinsel.
Feed your pet(s) before a party so they will not be so apt to beg or steal food.
HAVE A SAFE & HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!
Southern Shih Tzu & Toy Breed
Rescue and Sanctuary
|A 501c 3 Non-Profit charity located in central Alabama and southern Louisiana, dedicated to rescuing, rehoming and providing
sanctuary care for abandoned, abused and homeless toy breeds. Focusing on shelter dogs and breeder/mill dogs.
|We are now in that time of year when we
are focused on family, friends and Cheer!
The Yuletide holidays and the joys that
they bring, bring about many changes in
our day to day lives. Some of these can be
detrimental to our pets.
|Wishing you and your family a very
Happy Holiday Season!