The year end brings many happy times filled with family, friends, fun and lots of food. There are decorations and lights and smells that enrich this time of year. Can you imagine the excitement and or anxiety that your dog/cat may feel as they are reintroduced to new things? Just think of the things to smell, to taste, to chew on or just flat out destroy. O the joy that must fill their little hearts as they see new things to explore. For others it is a time of defending the home from marauding carolers and well wishers.
For the fun loving or the defenders the Holidays bring much change, albeit fleeting, to the life of the average(or above average) cat or dog. These changes can add up to trouble. The fruit cake, taken a little at a time may be delightful to some, but when hurriedly engulfed can cause GI distress, that may leave us wondering out of which end (or both) did this come.
Besides some of the known toxic exposure risks that we bring into our homes this time of year (chocolate, poinsettias), the shear quantity of food brings increased opportunity for what we like to call “Garbage Gut” or dietary indiscretion. Another toxic risk comes with the cold weather and the need to get our cars ready for the cold. Ethylene Glycol (antifreeze) is an extremely toxic substance. Due to spillage (even small amounts) and a sweet taste, curious outdoor pets get into trouble.
Please take the necessary precautions to keep your pets safe this season by keeping plants, chocolate, antifreeze and other pet unfriendly substances out of their reach.
Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!