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Posted on: November 13, 2014

Holiday pet tips

Holidays mean family, food and giving and sometimes people tend to become overly generous with their pets. This means that dogs and cats may get a lot of table food scraps. Too many treats or the wrong treat can lead to injury or illness for our pets. It won't be a happy holiday if we fail to keep our pets safe.
Fatty foods: Too many fatty, rich or unfamiliar foods can give your pet pancreatitis or gastroenteritis, medical conditions that can be very painful and life-threatening.
Diet and exercise: Maintain your pet's regular meal and exercise schedule and avoid too many holiday leftovers. A disruption in his or her dietary routine can cause stomach upset, diarrhea and/or vomiting.
Bones: They can lacerate or obstruct your pets' insides. Save them for the broth, not your bow-wow buddy.
Onions: Onions and onion powder, widely found in stuffing and used as a general seasoning, will destroy your dog or cat's red blood cells, which can lead to anemia.
Grapes and raisins: These contain a toxin that can cause kidney damage to both dogs and cats.
Chocolate: This treat can actually be fatal to your dog or cat,
Food wrappings: Aluminum foil, wax paper and plastic wrap can cause intestinal obstruction, Make sure to secure these items securely in the trash, away from pets' reach.
Fresh water: With more people in the house, there are more chances the water bowl will get tipped over. Make sure your pet has fresh water.
Quiet time: Holidays can get hectic, make sure your pet has a quiet retreat from the holiday festivities. Watch behavior for signs of stress.
Vet hours: Check now to see what days your vet office will be open during the holidays and determine what you'll do in case of a pet emergency.

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