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Keep ''people food'' off your pet's holiday menu

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Keep your pet safe and healthy this holiday season by saying "no" to the following holiday foods:

Keep your pet safe and healthy this holiday season by saying "no" to the following holiday foods:

  • Just say no to holiday table scraps. Pets love rich scraps such as drippings, gravy and poultry skin; however, they can cause pets to suffer from severe indigestion, diarrhea and even pancreatitis, which is not only terribly painful, but can be fatal. Never offer fatty foods to your pets and advise guests not to feed them either. Keep items such as mashed potatoes and gravy away from the ends of the table and counter tops so “counter surfing” pets can’t reach them. Also, secure trash and keep it out of reach, such as under the sink.
  •  No bones about it. Poultry bones can splinter and form sharp points, and can get stuck in the gastrointestinal tract causing dangerous perforations. They might also become lodged in the throat, gums or the roof of the mouth. Pets can’t resist a juicy bone, so make sure they can’t steal one!  Also, remove skewers and string from the turkey, as well as that delicious roasting bag that a pet would love to devour. Your pet could end up having surgery to remove such items from his digestive tract.
  • Chocolate is very dangerous to pets. It contains high levels of the heart stimulant theobromine, which can over-stimulate the heart. Just a few ounces of chocolate can be fatal for a small dog. Keep all types of chocolate out of reach of dogs and cats, especially baker’s chocolate, which is seven times more toxic than milk chocolate.
  •  Uncooked yeast dough raises major health issues! Hard to believe there’s a downside to home-made bread, but uncooked yeast dough can cause abdominal pain, bloating, vomiting, disorientation and depression in pets. The product of rising dough is alcohol, which can be poisonous.
  • Alcohol and pets do not mix. Place alcoholic drinks safely out of reach, and patrol the party to be sure your guests do the same. Alcohol poisoning is serious and can be fatal. Never give alcohol to a pet to drink.
  • No coffee please! That means anything with coffee in it, from gourmet, chocolate-covered espresso beans to your morning latte’.  Caffeine creates symptoms in pets such as restlessness, tremors and seizures depending on the amount that is ingested.
  • Macadamia nuts cause severe reactions, including muscular weakness, disorientation, depression, tremors and abdominal pain in dogs. Symptoms can last from one to three days.
  • No grapes or raisins for your pooch! Dogs have suffered poisoning after consuming between 9 ounces and 2 pounds of grapes or raisins. Symptoms range from severe gastrointestinal upset to kidney failure. 
            Finally …
  • Keep contact information for your veterinarian and the nearest emergency veterinary clinic readily available!
  • Call or visit the veterinarian immediately at the first signs of injury or illness. You can use a pet first-aid kit to treat minor injuries, so be sure you have one on hand.
  • Remember that by protecting pets from holiday hazards, everyone in your family will enjoy a happy, healthy season!


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