How To Avoid Holiday Pet Accidents

Veterinarian Reviewed on December 18, 2009 by Dr. Janice Huntingford, DVM
Posted in Cats

Every holiday I get tons of mail from my pals, telling me how they narrowly (if at all) avoided a perilous season. From eating bad-for-pet-bum bon-bons to pulling a decorated tree arf-over-tea-kettle, I think I`ve heard barks of them all!
Thank dogness that my human Sage knows how to carefully strategise around pet holiday perils. Now that I`m a big boy I know better than to chase a glass ornament, but back in the day I had no idea! I was THIS close to chomping an Xmas star, which would have ripped out my insides. I`m yapping to you, it was a Clawsmas Miracle.
Some humans are unaware of just how dangerous to us the holidays can be! I`ve taken today to put paw to keys, listing out some avoidable ruff-ups:
Ornaments: We are curious critters. Put out any thing new, shiny or otherwise, and we wannahaveattit! Those glimmering, dangly things set out before us are practically begging us to play around – and dawg, those balls are sure fun to swat around. Instead of glass or metal, try using wood, fabrics or toxin-free plastic – we won`t get cut.
Trees: What the ruff is that thing growing in my living room I? Chances are if it`s there, I will pee on it. I might also go for the water if it`s a live tree, which can poison me after it`s been sitting for so long. Blech. A few crazy kitties I know have the sharpest drive to get to the top – which can pull that tree right down. Try covering the stand, or putting up a tree in a pet-free zone.
Flowers and berries: Mistletoe, holly berries and lilies can cause kidney failure in cats, and poinsettas can cause us stomach upsets. You know we love to chew us some plants, so do us a favor and leave them growing outside!
Lights and Candles: I`m a whapper. Most of my pals are, too. We wag our tails so hard they send most things in their path flying! An open flame next to our walkway is not a good idea. And wires pose a paw-ticularly dangerous attraction: for the young and old who love to play with stings and things, a wire will look mighty chewable. One chew will give us the shock of our lives – literally – and can not only cause a pet injury or death, but cause a fire as well. Cover the wiring on floors and tack up loose cords!
Bon-Bons: I loves me a good biscuit! But not of the human kind (although I wish I could I wish I could I wish I could). Human foods of all sorts can cause all kinds of injury and harm, so keep every treat out of pet`s reach. Check out my post on foods to avoid, HERE.
And other than the sight of some crazy, over-sized intruder dressed entirely in red (that was the year I woke everyone up early and we got to open gifts at 4:30 in the morning), there isn`t much more that can cause us pets potential damage!
Dear humans, let`s keep this season safe and sound – all around.
That`s a wrap, Buster
Photo Credit: johnmichaelmayer
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Dr. Janice Huntingford
Janice Huntingford, DVM, has been in veterinary practice for over 30 years and has founded two veterinary clinics since receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. She has studied extensively in both conventional and holistic modalities. Ask Dr. Jan

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