With the holidays come food, decorations, and sharing. The holidays are a time for giving, but they also can be hazardous to your pet's health. A little precaution will help make the holiday season a happy time for everyone, and can help avoid unexpected visits to our office!
One of the dangers of the holidays is food. We see many upset stomachs when our pets get delicious treats that they aren't used to enjoying. These foods include, but are not limited to: ham, turkey, gravy, chocolate, and bones. These foods can lead to medical problems.
Turkey, chicken and other rib bones have a tendency to splinter easily. These splinters can create holes along the intestinal tract, which might require emergency surgery. Fats, gravies, and poultry skin can cause severe gastrointestinal problems as well.
Too many sweets during the holidays is bad for your pet. While an upset stomach may seem like a mild problem, a pet's over-indulgence of chocolate can actually be fatal. Remember to keep chocolate out of your pet's reach, and don't leave items containing chocolate under the tree, even if wrapped.
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