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Seasonal Hazards for Pets

As the holidays approach, many of us are quite busy with shopping, baking, decorating, and preparing for seasonal events. This special time of year can be very dangerous for our animal companions, however, so pet owners may want to take some precautions to keep their little buddies safe. Read on as a local Sugar Land, TX vet lists some seasonal hazards for pets.

Food

Pets love a good meal just as much as we do. Unfortunately, many of our favorite seasonal dishes are toxic to our little friends. Some of the things you should never feed your pet include chocolate; garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; caffeine; alcohol; and products containing xylitol. Of course, different animals all have their own specific nutritional requirements. Ask your vet to recommend some safe, suitable snacks.

Decorations

Decorations are a big part of many seasonal traditions. However, many of those pretty decorative items can be dangerous to pets. Fragile ornaments, tinsel, ornament hooks, ribbons, pine needles, and cords are just a few common hazards. The water bowls for real trees can also be problematic, as it may contain residues from sap, pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers. Other dangers to be aware of include candles, fireplaces, and heaters.

Garbage

Are you hosting holiday dinners this year? If you have a dog, be sure to remove uneaten food from the table right away, and use a trashcan with a secure lid. You don’t want Fido trying to score leftovers! Toothpicks, tinfoil, plastic wrappers, can lids, and bones are all dangerous for our canine pals.

Plants

Poinsettias, holly, and mistletoe are all very pretty, but they are unfortunately toxic to pets. Keep these seasonal plants in secure places, where your pet can’t access them. Or, better yet, choose nontoxic plants. You can find a full directory of safe and unsafe plants at the ASPCA website.

Guests

While some pets are very calm and friendly around guests, others get very stressed and uneasy when their human friends have visitors. If your four-legged pal gets nervous when people come over, put your bashful buddy in a quiet back room with bedding, food, and fun toys when you have company.

All of us here at Stafford Oaks Veterinary Hospital, your Sugar Land, TX animal clinic, want to wish you a wonderful holiday season. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s health.

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