Christmas hazards for pets

Christmas hazards for pets

Christmas is just around the corner and with it comes holiday hazards for your pets. Be aware of the following and keep your pet safe:

Nuts

Especially macadamia nuts and walnuts, can cause lethargy, increased body temperature, vomiting, tremors,
joint stiffness and the inability to walk.

Decorations

Tinsel, ribbons and ornaments should be kept off low-lying Christmas tree branches and tables.

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Lights and candles

Apart from burning your pet, these can be a fire hazard if he can reach them and knock them over!

Alcohol

Alcoholic drinks may cause vomiting, disorientation, diarrhoea, lethargy, lack of coordination, difficulty breathing, tremors, coma and seizures.

Fatty trimmings and bones

Fatty foods can promote pancreatitis. Swallowed bones can cause stomach perforation and painful constipation.

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Holiday plants

Holly, mistletoe and poinsettias may cause irritation, vomiting, diarrhoea and heart arrhythmia in both dogs and cats.

Electrical cords

If chewed, live electrical cords can cause burns in or around your pet’s mouth, difficulty breathing, seizures and cardiac arrest.

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Joni van der Merwe

About Joni van der Merwe

Digital editor I’m getting married in 2018 and I think it’s the perfect time to focus on my relationship with not only my fiance but my friends, family and colleagues too. I want to nurture and cherish the people I love by being more understanding and present in their lives.

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