Christmas represents union, love, joy, hope, family, gifts, lights, and delicious food. But, it also represents a danger for our pets, so let's take a peek at our Christmasy dangers.
Chocolate: So delicious but also very toxic. Chocolate has a compound called theobromine, which may cause vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, elevated heart rate, seizures, and even death.
Xylitol: Compound used to replace sugar in candies, gums, and baked goods. It may cause low blood sugar and liver problems in dogs.
Turkey and any kind of bones: May lead to gastrointestinal's obstructions.
Raw bread dough: It leads to electrolyte imbalance, tremors, and bloat.
Onions and garlic: produce toxicity to white blood cells.
Mistletoe: Ingested in small amounts may cause vomiting or diarrhea, in bigger amounts, it can cause collapse, hypotension, seizures, and even death.
Nuts and raisins: The nuts may cause severe lethargy, vomiting, difficulty to walk and could produce pancreatitis ( inflammation of the pancreas) due to the elevated oils content. The raisins and grapes may lead to acute kidney failure.
Poinsettias: the typical flor in this Holidays may cause vomiting and diarrhea.
Be careful with the Christmas lights as puppies like to chew cables
Christmas decorations, especially the ones in the trees due to the naughty kitties.
Taking all into consideration will help us to keep our furry friends away from the danger and from the emergency hospitals.
I wish you a joyful Christmas to all! Feed your pets, walk or play with them and give them tons of love!
24/7 Animal Poison Control Center. Pet Poison Helpline. (n.d.). Retrieved December 21, 2021, from https://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/
The 12 dangers of Christmas. THE 12 DANGERS OF CHRISTMAS | Larkmead Veterinary Group. (n.d.). Retrieved December 21, 2021, from https://www.larkmead.co.uk/news/2015/12-dangers-christmas