During this holiday season many hazards in your own home could make for a trip to the vet or even be fatal to your four-footed baby. Following is a list of some of the toxic food items and holiday decorations to keep out of your dog’s curious way.
Foods to Keep Your Dog Away From, during the holiday season and all year too:
• Avocado – Especially the Guatemalan avocado which is extremely toxic to dogs
• Chocolate (light, dark, milk, bitter, extra dark, any kind)
• Grapes and / or raisins
• Hops (especially for those home brewers)
• Ethanol or alcohol
• Bread dough with yeast as a component of the dough
• Macadamia nuts (you may love those macadamia nut cookies, but keep them to yourself!)
• Moldy foods – throwing out moldy breads or other foods may have a tempting scent flavor to your dog – keep these food items up and out of the way until you can dispose of them properly.
• Onions and garlic can often act as a blood thinner for dogs
• Xylitol – Often found in sugar-free products, including gum and breath mints
• Fat trimmings, gravy, and heavily laden fatty foods
• Bones from people food often splinter or break leaving sharp pointy edges that can get stuck or puncture the digestive tract
Signs Your Pet Ate Something Toxic
Vomiting, dry heaves, or frothy foamy vomit
No appetite for usually loved foods or treats
Diarrhea or extended time without a bowel movement
Loss of coordinated movements
Indications of pain
Dangerous Holiday Decorations ~ Keep these OUT OF REACH!
Ribbons and Gift Wrap Add-ons
An unsecured tree that can be knocked over
What to do if your dog gets into something bad for them:
Call your veterinarian ASAP – they will direct you as to what to do next, which may be to come in for an assessment or to call the pet poison hotline and follow their directions.
Keep these emergency numbers handy:
Pet Poison Hotline: 1-855-213-6680
ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control: 888-426-4435
Take precautions and puppy and/or dog-proof your home – the holidays can be a great fun time for all, even our furry friends, if we just be aware and alert to what can be dangerous to your special pet. Enjoy your holiday and celebrations!
Now that you know what to look out for (or keep out of your home completely) you can truly enjoy quality time with your entire family over the holidays – especially your precious pets!