We’ve put together a list of dangers to be aware of which will help you keep your pets safe and happy this Christmas.
|Cooked turkey bones upon ingestion can splinter and cause internal damage. Be sure to dispose of meat carcasses carefully - preferably in an outside bin to prevent nosey pets.|
|Mistletoe, Poinsettia and Holly can all be dangerous to your pets if they are ingested. Make sure that festive plants are kept well out of reach. Symptoms of poisoning by these plants can include; drooling, repeatedly licking the lips, irritation to the skin (body or face), red itchy eyes, diarrhoea and vomiting.|
|Mince pies, Christmas pudding and Christmas cake all contain; currants, sultanas or raisins which can cause kidney failure in your dog. If you suspect your pet has snaffled any of the above, please act quickly and seek veterinary advice to put your mind at rest.|
|If your pet is mischievous they may be tempted to chew, swallow or play with your festive decorations. So, it is best to keep them up high and out of reach. Try not to leave your pet in a decorated room unsupervised to prevent their temptation.|
|Does your pet fancy themselves as Santa’s Little Helper? If so, ask them to leave the ribbons & bows of gifts alone – if these are swallowed they can cause a nasty obstruction.|
|Keep all chocolate away from dogs. Chocolate contains theobromine which is extremely toxic – contact your vet if you suspect your dog has eaten any chocolate.|
|If your pets go outside a lot, this can pose a risk of picking up salt and grit in their paws – this will unintentionally be digested when they lick themselves. Try wiping/washing their feet after they have been on any ground you know has been gritted.|
|Antifreeze contains a harmful substance which tastes very sweet but can be fatal if ingested. Please store this out of reach of any pets (i.e. high shelf in locked shed/garage) and mop up any spillages which occur.|
|If you have an open fire, be sure to use a fire guard to stop ‘frosty’ pets getting to close.|
|Remember to knock on your bonnet before any car journey! Cats will seek out the warmth of an engine and may shelter there overnight.|
|Elderly, very young, ill and underweight pets will need an extra layer in cold temperatures.|
Ash Tree Vets wishes you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
If you are concerned about your pet in any way over the festive period, please do not hesitate to contact us.