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5 Top Holiday Hazards for Your Pets: A Friendly Reminder from Lonsdale Place Veterinary Clinic


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As the holiday season approaches, the team at Lonsdale Place Veterinary Clinic wants to share some friendly reminders about potential hazards that could pose risks to your beloved pets. While many of us are familiar with keeping chocolates and tinsel away from our furry friends, there are other less obvious dangers that might lead to an unexpected visit to the emergency room. Let's explore five top holiday hazards for your pets. North Vancouver Vet


1. People Food: A Recipe for Trouble

The aroma of festive dishes can be irresistible to both humans and pets. While it may be tempting to share a holiday treat with your furry companion, certain "people" foods can spell trouble for them. Rich and fatty foods, such as those found in decadent desserts or savory roasts, can lead to pancreatitis in dogs. This condition, especially prevalent in breeds like Schnauzers, can range from mild to life-threatening.


Additionally, some seemingly innocent foods like grapes/raisins and chocolate can be toxic to pets. Grapes and raisins, though the exact toxic component is unknown, can lead to fatal kidney failure. Theobromine, found in chocolate, is toxic to dogs and can cause seizures and cardiac arrest. Even white chocolate, though lacking theobromine, can be problematic due to its high-fat content. North Vancouver Vet


Macadamia nuts, while not deadly, can cause vomiting and weakness. Bones, often given as treats, can pose a choking hazard or splinter, causing damage to the intestinal tract. North Vancouver Vet


As the holiday season is a time of increased distractions, it's crucial to be mindful of what your pets may try to sneakily consume. North Vancouver Vet


2. Decorations: A Cat's Curiosity and Christmas Trees


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While cats may not indulge in dietary indiscretions as dogs do, they have their own mischievous tendencies, especially around decorations. Christmas trees, ornaments, and tinsel can be particularly alluring to feline companions. Tinsel, once a popular decoration, can cause "linear foreign body" issues if ingested, leading to potentially serious complications in the digestive tract. North Vancouver Vet


Keeping a watchful eye on your pets around festive decor can help prevent unwanted trips to the veterinary clinic during this joyful season. North Vancouver Vet


3. Seasonal Plants: A Closer Look at Poinsettias and Lilies

Contrary to popular belief, poinsettias are not toxic to pets but can cause mild stomach upsets. On the other hand, lilies, especially dangerous for cats, can result in kidney injury even through mere contact. Cats may brush against the flowers and ingest the toxic compounds while grooming themselves. North Vancouver Vet


4. Open Flames and Candles: A Cozy Threat

The warm glow of candles and fireplace flames is a quintessential part of holiday ambiance. However, these open flames pose a potential hazard to inquisitive pets. Curious cats or dogs might accidentally knock over candles or get too close to the fireplace, risking burns or even starting a fire. Be sure to place candles and open flames in secure, pet-free zones to prevent accidents. North Vancouver Vet


5. Gift Wrapping and Packaging: Not Just for Humans

The excitement of unwrapping presents is contagious, and pets often want to join in on the fun. However, ingesting wrapping paper, ribbons, or plastic packaging can lead to intestinal blockages or choking hazards. Keep a close eye on your pets during gift-opening festivities, and dispose of packaging materials promptly to avoid potential dangers. North Vancouver Vet



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In Conclusion: A Gentle Reminder for a Safe Holiday Season

As the holiday season unfolds, it's important to remember that the hustle and bustle can sometimes distract us from potential risks to our pets. Dogs, in particular, can be quite resourceful in finding and consuming items that could lead to health issues.

At Lonsdale Place Veterinary Clinic, we encourage you to take a moment to slow down, snuggle with your pets, and be vigilant about the safety of their environment. By avoiding common hazards like rich foods, decorations, open flames, and wrapping materials, you can ensure a happy and healthy holiday season for your furry family members. North Vancouver Vet


Happy Holidays from all of us at Lonsdale Place Veterinary Clinic!



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