3 Holiday Pet Safety Tips from Your Troutdale & Gresham Veterinarian
From poisonous poinsettias to a house filled with unfamiliar faces, holiday merrymaking can turn dangerous for pets. Every year, pets end up at theemergency vet due to common holiday safety hazards. Follow these tips from our veterinarian to keep your pets safe.
Holiday Pet Safety Tips to Avoid a Veterinary Emergency
How to keep your pet safe: Be vigilant when baking and promptly clean up any food scraps that fall on the floor. Remind family members and guests not to feed your pets any food off their plates. Never give a pet turkey bones to chew on; the bones can splinter and puncture the small intestines.
Holiday hazard #2: Christmas trees. Christmas trees are considered mildly toxic; tree oils may irritate the mouth and stomach, causing mild gastrointestinal distress. As trees dry out, they drop sharp needles that can make your pet choke or puncture their insides. Drinking water from the tree stand can also make pets sick.
How to keep your pet safe: Vacuum up fallen needles each day. Keep poisonous plants, like poinsettias and mistletoe, out of your pet’s reach. Use a tree skirt to cover the tree stand.
Holiday hazard #3: Party guests and visitors. Whether you are hosting family from out of town or the neighborhood holiday party, a house filled with unfamiliar people can be overwhelming even for the friendliest pets. Party guests may also mistakenly feed pets toxic foods without realizing it like chocolate treats or cookies with nuts or raisins, which could send your pet straight to the emergency vet hospital.
Has your pet ever experienced a holiday-related veterinary emergency?