Enlightened Pet Care

Safe Home for the Holidays

Excitement is in the air.  Many folks are bringing their pets in to board for the holidays.  Lots of people are picking up last minute items at the store for their Thanksgiving dinners.  Some are getting out holiday decorations in anticipation of some extra free time this weekend.  I know I am excited about having a few days off and getting out the Christmas decorations.  I think this will be the first year that James is actually interested!

As we prepare for the holidays, let’s keep in mind that some of the things we humans enjoy are not always safe for our pets.  Here are a few pointers to keep pets safe this holiday season:

  • Lilies, Christmas Cactus and Christmas Holly can be toxic to pets.  The safest thing is to keep these plants out of the home.  If you have them in your house, keep them out of reach of the pets.
  • Don’t worry so much about Pointsettias and American Mistletoe.  These plants are thought of as toxic, but generally only cause mild issues.
  • Watch your pets around liquid potpourri.  Ingestion can cause fevers, respiratory issues and tremors in dogs and cats.
  • The most dangerous foods that we commonly have around during the holidays are chocolates, cocoa, fatty meats, sugarless gum/candies containing Xylitol and yeast bread dough. 
  • Fruit cake can also be dangerous because it contains raisins, which can cause kidney failure.  Also, fruit cake can be soaked in liquor, which can cause rapid changes in blood sugar and body temperature.
  • Keep a close eye on your decorations.  Stringy decorations such as tinsel can become a dangerous object in any pet’s intestines.  Keep items like this out of the reach of your pets, especially cats.

There are lots of pet-friendly ways to treat our furry loved ones.  As your vet or stop by your local pet store for some recommendations.  If you happen to be in Memphis, the great folks at Hollywood Feed can give you a plethora of holiday treat recommendations for your pets. 

We at Utopia wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

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