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Christmas time is here! Get out the Apomorphine

 HOLIDAY DANGERS FOR PETS

cat christmas lights

Christmas is here!

We are fast approaching a busy holiday season and for many of us, that means lots of beautiful decorations, treats, and events that are otherwise not found in or around our pets. While all the shiny tinsel, majestic poinsettia plants and chocolate fudge takes us back to our childhoods or happy memories, for veterinary personnel, we have a differing view.

Throughout the months of late November and December, the number of foreign bodies and general vomiting and diarrhea increase. Pet poison hotlines are inundated with calls about pets eating things they shouldn’t. Injuries related to falling Christmas trees, or decorations are common. Holiday dangers for pets can include any and all of these things!

 Christmas Dog

Common Foods that are dangerous to your pet

Any change in your dog’s diet can cause gastrointestinal upset leading to vomiting and/or diarrhea, but these items are particularly dangerous to your pet. If your dog has ingested one of these items or a non-food item and is taken to the veterinarian soon enough, we can sometimes administer a drug called apomorphine to induce vomiting and hopefully prevent issues associated with that undesirable treat.

  • onions
  • garlic
  • grapes or raisins
  • chocolate
  • artificial sweeteners
  • bones, especially poultry bones
  • fatty or spicy foods

 

holiday treat danger

Some additional helpful information may be found on these websites:

http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/pet-owners/seasons/winter-holiday-pet-poison-tips/

https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/holiday-safety-tips

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