The holidays are upon us! For many of us that means quality time with the family, happy memories, lots of food and a touch of chaos. However, we have to be on the lookout for certain dangers that show up around the holidays. This can be found on your table, around your home and outdoors. Here are a few items to look out for.
Dangers From The Table
(Human Food & Drinks Your Pets Should Avoid )
-Grapes & Raisins
-Persimmons, Peaches, and Plums
-Raw/undercooked meats, eggs, and bones (and fish for dogs)
-Xylitol (found in gum, candy, baked goods and toothpaste)
Want to learn more about human foods that can be dangerous to your pets? Check out the ASPCA’s People Food to Avoid Feeding Your Pets
Toxic Holiday Plants
-Christmas Tree (besides the dangers of lights and ornaments, it also produces an oil that can give your pets an upset stomach)
PetMD Recommends: If you decide to keep these plants in your home, try to place them in an area that can not easily be reached by your pet. However, if your pet is a plant chewer it would probably best to stick with an imitation plant. If your pet does ingest these holiday plants, call your vet or poison control right away to find out how to minimize the damage.
Read more from PetMD here
To get a full list of toxic plants visit: The ASPCA’s Toxic & Non-Toxic Plant List
For more holiday safety tips, check out the aspca.org
Learn more about outdoor winter dangers:
PetInsurance.com’s 10 Seasonal Dangers to Outdoor Pets
Petmd’s 5 Deadliest Outdoor Dangers For Pets This Winter
What to do if you fear your pet has ingested a poisonous substance or has fallen ill?
- Contact your local veterinarian or poison control immediately to find out what you can do to minimize the damage
- or Call ASPCA’s 24-hour emergency poison hotline directly at 1-888-426-4435.
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