Holiday Pet Safety Tips

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It’s that time of year again! Time for holiday parties, decorating, and of course…feasting! Los Feliz Small Animal Hospital in Los Angeles wants to help keep your pet safe from the potential hazards of this season, so we have created the following holiday safety tips to do just that. If you have any questions about these tips, feel free to let us know, and have a happy, joyful holiday with your pet!

Holiday Decorations

That shiny tinsel can add a nice sparkle to a Christmas tree, and those ribbons can add a nice finishing touch to a gift, but before you use these items, think about your pet. Some pets—especially cats—are drawn to these sparkly, stringy decorations and might even chew and eat them. This is one thing you DON’T want to happen. If a pet ingests tinsel, ribbon, or any other long, stringy item, it can result in intestinal blockage, which can only be treated with surgery. Another potentially dangerous decoration is poinsettia plants, which are poisonous to dogs and cats. So if you’ll be using any of these decorations, be extra cautious when your pet is around.

Holiday Gatherings

Will you be hosting a Christmas or New Year’s Eve party at your home this year? If so, consider your pet’s behavior before making a decision about whether or not to leave them out to join in the fun. If your pet has a tendency to misbehave or get nervous around large groups of people, it might be best to leave them in a separate room, away from the festivities. You can also call Los Feliz Small Animal Hospital for overnight boarding so your pet can be in a safe environment during your holiday festivities. If your pet behaves well with people around, still keep an eye on them around your guests. This is especially important if any of your guests are children who may be afraid of pets or who may pull your pet’s fur.

Table Food Do’s and Don’ts

Before sharing your meal with your pet, make sure you know which foods are safe for them and which ones aren’t. On the “naughty” list are any foods that contain chocolate, raisins, macadamia nuts, grapes, or onions. These foods are toxic to pets and can leave them feeling very sick or worse, depending on the amount ingested. For a complete list of poisonous foods for your dog or cat, go to www.aspca.org. We know the last thing you want is to spend the holidays in an emergency veterinary clinic, so avoid feeding your pet any of these foods. On the “nice” list are cooked white turkey or chicken (no skin or bones), green beans, and chopped apples and carrots. These foods provide a number of health benefits for your pet. Just be sure not to give them too much.

If you have any questions about these holiday safety tips, or if your pet is in need of veterinary care at Los Feliz Small Animal Hospital, give us a call at 323-664-3309.

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