The holiday season is upon us and as we gear up for the festivities, it is important to try to keep your pet’s eating and exercise habits as close to their normal routine as possible. The holiday season can present unique and challenging safety hazards for your furry family members.
Some of the dangers are pretty obvious, like puppies knocking over the Christmas tree, or kitty whiskers burned from the Menorah candles. But there are other dangers that are not as easily noticed during the holiday season. Remember that with extra lights around the house there are more cords and plugs predisposing animals that chew, to serious burns and even electrocution! Seasonal and decorative plants such as poinsettias, holly, mistletoe, lilies, Christmas cactus and Christmas tree needles can lead to gastrointestinal side effects and sometime can even be life threatening. Other items that our pets should stay away from are: chocolate, batteries, tinsel, candles and holiday leftovers.
Although the winter has been mild this year, as the temperatures drop, make sure to prevent animals from getting into anti-freeze. Leave it in a safe location where animals cannot be exposed. It is an extremely toxic substance to animals and should be locked up. Also, make sure to provide all animals with a consistent source of water and bundle up as the temperatures begin to drop!
We wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! Thank you to all of our wonderful clients for making such a spectacular year. Just a reminder we will close early on Christmas Eve and we will not be open on Christmas Day! Wishing you and your family a safe and happy holiday from Newkirk Family Veterinarians!