Holidays mean family, food and giving and sometimes people tend to become overly generous with their pets. This means that dogs and cats may get a lot of table food scraps. Too many treats or the wrong treat can lead to injury or illness for our pets. It won't be a happy holiday if we fail to keep our pets safe.
Fatty foods: Too many fatty, rich or unfamiliar foods can give your pet pancreatitis or gastroenteritis, medical conditions that can be very painful and life-threatening.
Diet and exercise: Maintain your pet's regular meal and exercise schedule and avoid too many holiday leftovers. A disruption in his or her dietary routine can cause stomach upset, diarrhea and/or vomiting.
Bones: They can lacerate or obstruct your pets' insides. Save them for the broth, not your bow-wow buddy.
Onions: Onions and onion powder, widely found in stuffing and used as a general seasoning, will destroy your dog or cat's red blood cells, which can lead to anemia.
Grapes and raisins: These contain a toxin that can cause kidney damage to both dogs and cats.
Chocolate: This treat can actually be fatal to your dog or cat,
Food wrappings: Aluminum foil, wax paper and plastic wrap can cause intestinal obstruction, Make sure to secure these items securely in the trash, away from pets' reach.
Fresh water: With more people in the house, there are more chances the water bowl will get tipped over. Make sure your pet has fresh water.
Quiet time: Holidays can get hectic, make sure your pet has a quiet retreat from the holiday festivities. Watch behavior for signs of stress.
Vet hours: Check now to see what days your vet office will be open during the holidays and determine what you'll do in case of a pet emergency.