Christmas is a wonderful time of the year that we all are waiting for so eagerly. Unfortunately this season brings a lot of dangers for our pets that not all the pet owners are aware of.
9 dangers of Christmas:
1. Table scraps such as turkey and chicken bones, turkey skin and other rich and fatty foods can pose a real danger for both cats and dogs. Don’t fall for their pleading puppy eyes. Also be aware of chocolate and certain nuts, like macadamia, - these can be extremely dangerous for your pets and you are better off sticking to your usual pet food and treats.
2. Christmas tree is a danger in itself. Make sure it is securely anchored and your over-enthusiastic pup or kitty cannot knock it over. Tree water can be full of bacteria and is not safe for your pet to drink. Christmas tree needles can also cause vomiting, diarrhea and oral irritation and can be quite painful if stuck in your animals’s paws, so make sure you vacuum regularly.
3. No kissing under the mistletoe! Mistletoe, as well as other Christmas plants such as Holly and Poinsettia, can cause significant vomiting and diarrhea, difficulty breathing, collapse, hallucinations and even death when ingested.
4. Christmas Decorations and Lights. All these wonderfully beautiful and glittery decorations and tinsel can be so tempting for your furry friends. Not all of them are toxic, but they can still be very dangerous when ingested. Pieces of baubles can cause irritations, perforations and blockages. Tinsel is not particularly nutritious either and can be a reason for a multitude or problems. Be aware of Christmas lights cables – they can give your pet a nasty shock!
5. While we can gather all our strength and wait to unwrap our Christmas presents on Christmas day, our furry friends might not be as patient. Make sure that any tasty presents are placed high enough and out of the way so that your pooches cannot help themselves. Clear all the wrapping paper away – it will not do your pooch any good.
6. Candles should be placed high enough out of reach of your pets – not only can they seriously burn themselves, but they can also cause a fire hazard if knocked over.
7. Be aware of baked goodies. Some of them have an artificial sweetener Xylitol that can cause blood pressure to drop extremely low. Like we said earlier – better stick to doggy food and treats instead.
8. Loud noise from Champaign, crackers, balloons, etc. can scare your animals. Make sure they have a safe place to go if they are not feeling comfortable.
9. No alcohol for the fluffies! As simple as that. Alcohol is dangerous for both cats and dogs, so you better share your eggnog with somebody else.
Have a Merry and Safe Christmas and a Happy New Year!