This may be the most wonderful time of year, but animal owners must exercise extra caution throughout these moments of pine boughs and champagne.
Linnaeus Veterinary Group encourages animal owners to be mindful of Festive risks that may need an unexpected visit to the doctor for their pets during the holiday season.
Christmas brings a number of possible concerns for dogs, according to Dr. Simon Hayes, veterinary surgeon, and Linnaeus’ primary care medical director, since houses are adorned for the occasion, and a variety of enticing cuisine is sometimes left on the floor.
Drinking may be hazardous, and classic Christmas favorites like creamy cocktails can be incredibly depressing for pets.
“Christmas can be a nightmare for animal lovers,” says Dr. Hayes. Dogs, for instance, will consume most types of alcohol left in mugs, so owners should be cautious about putting beverages where their pets may readily get them.
“If ethanol intoxication occurs, the symptoms are comparable to those seen in humans: nausea, melancholy, and impaired coordination, dizziness, and sleepiness.” Warmth, rehydration, and prompt nursing care are required for dogs suffering from these illnesses.”
Grapes, raisins, currants, and sultanas may induce kidney problems in domestic animals, as well as macadamia nuts, raw onions, and foods such as walnuts, bread, and cheese animals owners should avoid all.
Ribbons on gifts, tinsel, pointed tree needles, close to the bottom fairy lights, chestnuts, and candy, which is typically one of the most common reasons for a visit to the doctor, are also hazards to dogs.
Further unseen threats, according to the specialists at Pets4Homes, are:
Blue cheese is thick and greasy, and it will most probably flow straight into your dog. This kind of cheese may include roquefortine C, a blue mold. This is a mycotoxin, or fungal poison, that is not found in sufficient numbers to endanger humans but may have severe consequences for dogs. Put any filthy dishes out of your dog’s sight, and put any under-the-table treats out of his range.
Baked dough decorations contain a high percentage of salt, making them hazardous to dogs and causing salt toxicosis, which may be deadly. Leave your pet protected by hanging these decorations higher on the branch or completely out of the grasp of your dog.
Several presents and decorations need throwaway batteries, which some dogs see as food or chew toys. This is very harmful and may result in a variety of issues ranging from internal obstructions to lead poisoning to acid burns. Keep batteries out of reach of your dog.
Flowers like mistletoe, poinsettia, holly, and ivy, which may all induce disturbed tummies, and lilies, which can be pretty dangerous to cats, are other celebratory things that might cause damage.