The weather is cooling off and we are looking forward to some fun with Halloween, Thanks Giving and Christmas. We know that too much candy or turkey goodies can give us a tummy ache, but what about our pets?
Be wary of the potential problems;
Dangerous foods include sugar-free candy and gum (which may contain xylitol), raisins and macadamia nuts (often found in trail mixes, cookies and candy), grapes, bread dough, coffee and alcohol
Dangerous plants include mistletoe, holly bushes and berries, aloe, lilies, baby’s breath, bird of paradise, daisies and chrysanthemums
Other indoor and outdoor hazards include electrical cords, some holiday decorations, antifreeze, open flames (like candles and fireplaces), and ice-melt products
If you suspect your pet has eaten or drunk something toxic, call Park Animal Hospital at 702-361-5850 or the Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435
Antifreeze-HIGHLY TOXIC Methanol-windshield wiper fluid
Cold Temperatures, even pets with thick fur coats that are used to being outside are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia. Pets that live outdoors need adequate shelter from wind, rain and cold. Fresh, unfrozen water must be available at all times. Heated water bowls can be used to keep water from freezing. If an electrical source is not available water should be kept in a covered, enclosed space to prevent it from freezing quickly. If your pet has a dog house or igloo, make sure the interior is insulated. Heated pet mats, along with a good layer of straw are an option that can help keep your pet warm and comfortable. It is important to only use heated products that are approved for pets.
Decorations like tinsel, angel hair, tree ornaments, ribbons, string, garlands and other decorations can be irresistible to pets but very dangerous. Intestinal damage and blockages are among the potential problems if your pet eats something like this.
Electrical cords cause electrocution, mouth burns and life-threatening injury to the brain and lungs if your pet chews on it.
Treats and Toys can sometimes cause stomach upset if the particular treat is new to your pet. Holiday stockings stuffed with toys and treats are fun to give to pets but before letting your pet eat everything in a stocking, pick out any items that are new or different. Offer only one of these at a time (ideally separated by a few days)
If your pet experiences vomiting, diarrhea or other problems after eating a holiday treat, it will be easier to tell which one it was and discontinue it. If illness is severe (repeated episodes of vomiting or diarrhea within a single day) and accompanied by lethargy (tiredness) or signs of pain or if it persists for more than one day contact Park Animal Hospital 702-361-5850
An ounce of prevention is worth a bound of cure but if anything happens we are here for you and your pet.
Park Animal Hospital Staff wishes you and your pets safe and fun filled season!
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Sincerely, Park Staff