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Post by Warley on Fri Dec 18, 2009 9:30 am

Hi Folks

Itís the Christmas season once again and Iím sure many of you have got some lovely plans to spend the holiday with family and friends in the home. The Christmas season should be a happy time of year; but holiday plants, ribbons and tinsel could spell disaster for your pets. Here are some tips to keep your pets happy and safe at this festive time.

∑ Popular plants for the Christmas season include but are not limited too: poinsettia, mistletoe, and holly. All of these are toxic to pets. If your pet manages to ingest any of these it is better to play it safe and call your vet. Many plants cause vomiting and diarrhoea; these symptoms might be avoided if treatment is started immediately.

∑ The Christmas tree is the main form of decoration in many homes. Some dogs and cats like to drink the tree water; the water itself is not poisonous, but if a fertilizer was added to the water it can be. This fertilizer may cause the pet to suffer with diarrhoea and vomiting. Prevent pets from drinking tree water by keeping it covered.

∑ Ornaments and lights are also commonly chewed and/or ingested by dogs and cats. This can become very dangerous, especially if the pet is electrocuted or if the object becomes stuck in the intestine. A foreign body usually requires surgery to remove it. Keep your pet supervised at all times.

∑ Christmas decorations like ribbon and tinsel cause problems if the pet ingests them. This is more commonly seen in cats that like to play with string. Cats that ingest the ribbon or tinsel can develop a foreign body. If you suspect your cats has ingested ribbons or tinsel you should see a vet immediately.

∑ Many Christmas foods are too rich for dogs and cats to eat as part of a holiday treat. Foods that are out of the ordinary can cause stomach upsets. Stick to treats made especially for pets to ensure they donít feel left out.

∑ The hustle and bustle of the Christmas season leaves many pets stressed out. During holiday parties it is better to leave dogs and cats locked in a safe room with food/water, litter box, and a favourite toy. Pets may sneak out the door while guests are coming and going; it is a good idea to have your pet wear a collar and ID or even better make sure they are microchipped to ensure they are returned safely.

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Post by Sean Benson on Sat Dec 19, 2009 1:55 am

Great ideas Karlie. Thanks!

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Post by Angie on Sat Dec 19, 2009 9:46 am

very good advice ... also applies to bunnies ...especialy housebunnies .. albino

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Post by Sarah Laycock on Sun Dec 20, 2009 7:53 am

Thanks for that Karlie, ive moved the mistletoe now.

My cat keeps knocking baubles off the tree to play with them, but then the dog gets jealous and chews them up. Luckily she doesnt try to eat them. We now have a tree that is only decorated on the top half. Looks odd but its safer.
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Post by Warley on Sun Dec 20, 2009 9:32 am

We had big problems the first year with Archie and Coco. Coco kept climbing in the tree then Archie would grab her by the leg abd pull her out. The tree would be constantly on its side on the floor - it was a nightmare. I think I took the tree down on 27th December because it looked such a mess.

Luckily they have both grown up a bit now and neither are bothered by it. Thank goodness Smile
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