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Sunday, 2 December 2012
Keep Your Pet Safe This Christmas- Avoid these common hazards
Days of Christmas. Keep your pet safe!
This information kindly composed by Dr. Watters and Dr.
Pittaway of Golf links Veterinarian Hospital
27 Legend Court, Unit 1A
Tel: 905 304 PETS
This common toxin is known to cause acute kidney failure even when
consumed in small amounts. Some of the first signs noticed may include: Lethargy,
weakness, and increased drinking/urination. Immediate emergency
treatment is required following ingestion of antifreeze.Antifreeze poisoning can be fatal.Keep out of the reach of pets and children.
Chocolate - No chocolate (or coffee gift
packs) under the tree!
chocolate away from our furry friends, especially dark or baking chocolate. The
seriousness of the reaction depends on the amount and type of chocolate
consumed and size of the pet.Increased thirst,
vomiting, restlessness and seizures are among the signs to watch for.
tree ornaments- all of these items can get stuck within the intestinal tract of
pets. – Often requiring emergency surgery. Take a minute to ensure your home is
Grapes and Raisins (and Onions are a no
these sweet treats can cause kidney failure and sometimes death in our pets
There is an
unidentified toxin in these nuts that causes weak legs incoordination and vomiting.Ingestion is not usually fatal but is stressful for both pet and owner.
traditional Christmas plant, poinsettias will cause vomiting and diarrhea if
eaten.Protect your pet and put these
plants out of reach or do not bring them into the house.
Mistletoe can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
holiday left overs to our pets sure is tempting; however, sudden changes in
diets can cause diarrhea and vomiting. High fat and sugar and toxic onions in
turkey and stuffing can make your pet very ill. Do not give in to the begging.
Give doggy treats to the doggies and keep food out of reach to avoid “Christmas
belly” in your pet.
Sugar Free Gum
gum contains Xylitol, an artificial sweetener. Xylitol fools the body into
thinking the blood sugar is high and the body responds by secreting excess
insulin. This can lead to a potentially fatal sudden drop in blood sugar. If
you suspect your pet has consumed sugar free gum – see a vet immediately. Keep the purses and coats of your guests out
of reach. Dogs steal these treats from purses and coat pockets!
Wishing you and your pet a Happy and Healthy