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Holiday Hazards for Pets

With the holidays approaching fast, many people are busy cooking, cleaning, decorating, and preparing for those seasonal celebrations. Your beloved pet is an important part of your family, and will be right by your side throughout this special time of year. However, the holidays do present some specific dangers for pet parents to be aware of. A Norwalk, CA vet lists some of them below.

Food

Many popular seasonal foods are not safe for our furry pals. And while some may only give your dog or cat an upset tummy, others can cause serious medical issues. Grapes, currants, and raisins, for instance, are extremely dangerous to dogs. Even eating a single grape can cause some pups to go into organ failure! Play it safe, and don’t give your pet anything that isn’t safe for them. Some other foods to avoid include garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; nuts; pitted fruit; raw dough or yeast; chocolate; alcohol; caffeine; and anything fried or sugary. Meat on the bone is also unsafe, as is anything that contains xylitol.

Decorations

Those pretty seasonal decorations can truly give your home a special glow, but many of them really aren’t safe for pets. Ribbons, tinsel, electric light strands, wreaths, and garlands can all choke or entangle frisky dogs and cats. Ornament hooks are also dangerous. We also recommend getting sturdy ornaments: the more fragile ones can shatter into dangerous shards if your furry friend knocks them down.

Plants

Toxic plants are one of the most common household hazards for pets, and the holiday season is no exception. Holly, ivy, mistletoe, lilies, and poinsettias are all toxic to Fido and Fluffy. Pine needles—both real and artificial—are also hazardous. Err on the side of caution, and keep plants away from those cute paws. If you get a real tree, you’ll also need to cover the water bowl. The water may contain residue from pesticides, fertilizers, and other chemicals. These definitely aren’t safe for pets to drink!

Guests

Stress and anxiety can also take a toll on our furry buddies. Some pets get very nervous when there’s a lot of commotion. If your animal companion is a bit anxious, consider putting him in a quiet back room with food, toys, treats, and comfy bedding when you have guests.

Happy Holidays! Please call us, your Norwalk, CA vet clinic, anytime. We are here to help!

Signs of Sickness in Cats

Cats are certainly mysterious little furballs. We may never entirely figure out Fluffy’s box obsession, or learn why she is so sleepy. Kitties are also quite secretive when they don’t feel well. In fact, they often try to hide signs of illness. This is because, in the wild, predators pay very close attention to animals that are weak or sick. It’s important to pay close attention to your cat, and watch for signs of illness. Otherwise you may not notice she is sick until she’s quite ill. Here, a Downey, CA vet lists some signs of sickness in cats.

Hiding

Cats love to explore nooks and crannies. It really isn’t unusual for Fluffy to take a nap under the bed. However, if your kitty doesn’t want to leave her hiding spot, she could be sick.

Poor Grooming

Fluffy is usually very dedicated to her beauty regime, and will spend hours each day carefully grooming herself. If your kitty isn’t feeling well, she may not be up to her usual regimen. It won’t take long for her fur to show the neglect.

Tummy Trouble

The occasional hairball is, unfortunately, more or less par for the course with cats. However, frequent or violent vomiting is a sign that something is wrong. Diarrhea and constipation are also red flags.

Uncharacteristic Behavior

Kitties all have their own purrsonalities. Some are friendly and calm, while others are more reserved. Sudden changes in the way your cat acts or meows can be a sign that she is sick. For example, a kitty that is usually aloof, but suddenly starts demanding attention, may be ill.

Litterbox Issues

Litterbox trouble is another sign of illness in cats. If you see your furball straining, call your vet immediately: this is a serious red flag!

Respiratory Issues

Coughing, wheezing, and gasping can all be indications of sickness in kitties. The occasional sneeze may not be anything to worry about, but constant sneezing is sign that something is wrong.

Change In Appetite

Fluffy can be a bit of a picky eater, but even if she doesn’t like what you put in her bowl, she should meow to demand something else. A furball that is not interested in food may be ill.

Please feel free to contact us, your local Downey, CA pet hospital, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!