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Posted on 10-11-2016
The holidays are a time of great joy for many people, but they can also be a time of danger for pets. As a pet owner, your Memphis veterinarian wants you to understand how important it is to be on the lookout for these dangers. Below are some of the most common pet health hazards that pet owners experience at Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Put away the chocolate. Most pets seem to like chocolate, but unfortunately, chocolate is toxic for dogs and cats. Keep your holiday chocolate and candy up and away from your pet, in a cabinet or in the refrigerator.
Know the effect of toxic holiday plants. Plants like holly and poinsettias are toxic for pets. If your pet likes to chew up your house plants, keep these plants out of your home to keep your pet protected.
Never feed your pet human food. Pets like to eat scraps from the table, but some common human foods can be very dangerous for pets. For example, onions, leeks and garlic are toxic for both cats and dogs. In addition, meat with bones inside can lead to punctures in your pet's intestinal system. To keep your pet safe, never feed your pet human food, even during holiday feasts. If you must feed your pet a special meal for the holidays, buy your pet a commercially prepared product designed to be safe for pets.
Keep holiday decorations out of your pet's reach. Some pets are attracted to shiny holiday decorations and sparkling lights, but holiday decorations are not chew toys. Keep your holiday decorations out of your pet's reach to keep him or her safe.
Knowing who to call in the event of a pet medical emergency can help ensure that your holidays will be happy and fun. At your Memphis veterinarian, we offer five walk-in clinics in the Memphis area, including East Memphis, Raines Road, Germantown, Bartlett, and Cordova. Our emergency vet and pet surgery services can help. Contact us today!
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