Over the Christmas and New Year period it is always tempting to spoil your pet slightly, but be sure you are not unknowingly doing them harm.
Various products that may be more easily accessible around the house at Christmas can be harmful to your pet.
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NB: Ingestion of many of these toxins have a favourable outcome provided immediate treatment is sought. It is also worth noting that symptoms may not always be apparent until potentially life threatening damage has occurred so please seek medical attention as soon as you notice the substance may have been ingested.
RED = Highly toxic
AMBER = Moderately toxic
GREEN = Mildly toxic
CHOCOLATE: (Dogs). Signs may include: Vomiting, abdominal tenderness, excitability, high blood pressure, increased salivation, increased drinking, increased urination, abnormal heart rhythm, kidney failure.
GRAPES: including raisins, currants, sultanas and products containing these fruits such as fruit cake, mince pies and Christmas pudding: (Dogs). Signs may include: Vomiting, diarrhoea, increased salivation, bloody stools, lethargy, kidney failure, pancreatitis (a very painful condition in which the pancreas becomes inflamed).
PARACETAMOL: (Dogs & cats). Signs may include: Vomiting, fast heart rate, fast breathing, lethargy, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face and paws.
IBUPROFEN: (Dogs & cats). Signs may include: Vomiting (with or without blood), diarrhoea, incoordination, lethargy, difficulty breathing, abdominal tenderness, kidney failure, seizures.
ALCOHOL: (Dogs). Signs may include: Vomiting, diarrhoea, excitability, agitation, depression, wobbly on legs, vocalisation, drowsiness, respiratory distress, urinary incontinence.
MISTLETOE: (Dogs)Signs may include: Vomiting, diarrhoea, increased salivation, weakness.
HOLLY: (Dogs)Signs may include: Vomiting, diarrhoea, increased salivation, inappetance, depression.
POINSETTIA: (Cats) Signs may include: Vomiting, increased salivation, inappetance, lethargy.
Other Christmas-time considerations
- It is important to ensure that you do not feed your pet too many fatty foods, this can lead to pancreatitis which is an extremely painful condition where the pancreas becomes inflammed
- Avoid leaving presents under the tree if they contain anything that your pet may find interesting enough to eat
- Care should be taken with animals playing with Christmas decorations to avoid accidental injury or even ingestion of small parts
- Always ensure that the turkey carcass and other bones are kept out of reach.
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