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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!

Keeping Your Dog Safe on the Fourth

The Fourth of July is just around the corner. This can be a dangerous holiday for Fido, so you’ll want to take steps to keep him safe and healthy, and keep that tail going. Here, a Downey, CA vet discusses keeping your four-legged friend safe on America’s birthday.

Food

Fido will definitely appreciate a special treat. Just be sure to only offer foods that are safe for him. Some things to avoid include garlic, onions, and chives; nuts; pitted fruits; avocados; grapes, currants, and raisins; meat on the bone; chocolate; and anything containing xylitol. What can you give your canine buddy? A plain cheeseburger or hot dog; cooked, boneless meat, chicken, or fish; or a cooked sausage or two are all safe. Store-bought treats are fine as well.

Trash

We recommend using trashcans with secure lids. Fido may get some bright ideas about scoring food from the garbage. This can be quite dangerous, as the trash could contain bones, can lids, skewers, toothpicks, plastic wrap, and other hazardous items.

Chemicals

Keep bug spray, fireworks, lighter fluid, and other chemicals out of paws’ reach. These things are definitely not safe for dogs!

Fireworks

Many dogs are frightened of fireworks. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for lost pet reports to spike after the Fourth. Fido may very well panic and run off if he gets scared! Bring your canine pal indoors before the show starts. If he is scared, put him in a crate or an interior room with bedding, toys, and a treat, and put a TV or radio on to mask the noise.

Heat

July is one of the hottest months of the year. Heat can be very dangerous for dogs! Make sure that Fido always has plenty of water, and access to cool, shady areas. We also recommend limiting his outdoor time during the hottest parts of the day. Walk and play with your furry buddy at night, when it’s cooler out. (Tip: to score some extra tail wags, set out a kiddie pool for your pup to splash around in.)

Parasites

Keep up with Fido’s vaccinations and parasite control. It’s much, much easier to keep your pooch safe from things like rabies and heartworms than it is to treat him for them!

Please contact us, your Downey, CA vet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!