As Halloween and the upcoming holidays are rapidly approaching, we are often wrapped up in family gathering, parties, and other activities and forget about the well being of our beloved pets. I tried compiling a short list to help keep our pets healthy and out of trouble this holiday season. This should ensure that everyone has a happy holiday season and may save you and your pet from needing emergency trips to veterinarian or emergency clinic.
1. Keep candy away from pets, in particular chocolate and candies made with xylitol and other sweeteners. While these taste good, they can have very harmful effects on your pet, ranging from liver failure, seizures, and as severe as death. If you suspect your pet has consumed any of these, seek veterinary care immediately.
2. Keep a close on the whereabouts of your pets. With all the excitement and increased visitors during this time, make sure your pets are accounted for and haven’t run off. Missing pets and subsequent trauma, such as being hit by a vehicle is an all to common occurrence during this time. Make sure your pets are in a safe place when company is over.
3. Keep pets out of the garbage and from grabbing food off the table. Bones and fatty meats can cause illness in our pets, especially dogs. Bones can cause a lot of irritation and in some cases puncture the gastrointestinal tracts. Fatty foods are not good for our pets and can cause pancreatitis and other gastrointestinal issues. Pancreatitis can range in severity and needs to be treated by your veterinarian.
4. Keep cords and electrical wiring away from your pets. Both cats and dogs can find wires enticing. Electrocution injury can be very severe and cause death in some cases. If you believe your pet to have be electrocuted, have them evaluated by your veterinarian immediately.
5. Keep easily ingestible objects away from your pets. Objects that can be easily swallowed can cause gastrointestinal irritation and obstruction. Some objects that can become obstructive are clothes, small toys, tinsel, etc. Gastrointestinal obstructions demand immediate veterinary care. There are times when the object can pass, but most of the time your pet will need surgery to relieve the obstruction, Surgery can range from a single incision in the stomach to removal of a segment of intestine. In extreme cases this condition can be fatal.