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Are you aware of what to keep an eye out for your pet over the festive period?

December 7, 2023

Festive Dangers


Winter and the Festive Period can bring lots of happy times for us and our pets, but it can also bring with it things that can be dangerous to our pets. With lots going on at this time of year, it is more likely that our pets are either able to sneak things they shouldn’t, or someone could unknowingly feed them something they shouldn’t get.

Dangerous foods:

    Ø Chocolate

    Ø Sweets (even ones with low sugar) can contain xylitol which is toxic to dogs.

    Ø Onions and garlic

    Ø Raisins – in mince pies and Christmas puddings

    Ø Caffeine – found in alcohol.

    Ø Macadamia nuts

    Ø Blue cheese and grapes – a popular dessert or nibble

    Ø Bones from cooked chicken or turkey are soft and can splinter if eaten.

Ensure you don’t leave any edible gifts under the tree that your pet can reach easily.

Dangerous plants:

    Ø Lilies – a Festive favourite but all parts of the lily flower are toxic to cats.

    Ø Holly and poinsettia – both can cause vomiting and diarrhoea.

    Ø Mistletoe – can be fatal if ingested.

    Ø Pine needles from a real Christmas tree – can cause irritation of the stomach if your dog eats some. These can also irritate your dog’s paws.

House hazards:

    Ø String, tinsel and wires from decorations, ribbons and gift wrapping can all be very tempting to cats who see them as toys to be played with and can cause serious problems if chewed or swallowed. Keep these out of reach of your pet or monitor your pet closely if they are around them – you will be surprised what your pet may eat!

    Ø Snow globes – can contain antifreeze inside the globe which is sweet and can be tasty to our pets – take great care these are out of reach/ can’t be knocked over as this can be fatal if ingested.

We hope you and your beloved pets have a magical Christmas using our tips above to keep the festivities going.

Have a Happy New Year from all of us at Apex Vets!

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