Tinsel and other related products are sparkly to both you and your pet! Make sure these decorations are out of paw and mouth reach of your pet. If ingested, please call your vet or our CCSPCA Small Animal Hospital at (559) 237-1125 for more information. Happy Holidays!
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Follow these tips to make sure you and you pet have a happy and safe New Year!
Celebration fireworks or other loud noises can frighten pets
If you are leaving for the evening, make sure your pets are secured in your home. Provide them with a quiet area that is familiar to them, and make sure they have everything they need, such as food, fresh water, safe chew toys for dogs, and a litter box for cats. It’s also helpful to leave on a TV or radio to provide ambient noise. Even if you plan on a quiet New Year’s at home, remember that neighbors may be celebrating and could disturb your pet. Be sure to take all the same precautions.
Microchip, ID, and update your information
Even if you’re keeping your pets safely confined, each pet should have a microchip and/or an ID tag with your current contact information. Be sure to use a breakaway/safety collar for cats. Dogs and cats can get spooked and try to escape, or a guest may unknowingly open the door to the room in which your pets are confined. ID’s may not prevent your pets from getting lost, but they will ensure a speedy reunion if they do get out.
If you are having a celebration at your home, give your pet a quiet place to get away if your festivities become too overwhelming. Keep your pet safely confined indoors. If you plan to have guests over, settle your pets into a quiet room with access to food, water, a familiar toy, a soft place to snuggle, a litter box for your cat, and a crate for your dog. If possible, choose a room without windows as frightened pets have been known to try to jump through windows; alternatively, make sure any windows are securely shut and the curtains closed. Don’t allow guests into this room, even to drop off jackets or purses. Remind your guests that table scraps are a no-no—no matter how cute your pet looks!
Make sure alcohol is out of your pets’ reach
Alcoholic beverages are poisonous and potentially deadly to our pets. If ingested, alcohol could cause our pets to become intoxicated and weak, depressed or comatose. Death from respiratory failure is also possible in severe cases.
Beware of decorations
Streamers, balloons and noisemakers can be very tempting for our pets, but they present a choking hazard if ingested. They also could result in a painful blockage and costly trip to the vet.
Give them a treat
Take a nice long walk during the day to avoid all of the evening activities, which could include parties, loud noises and potentially unsafe drivers on the road. If you decide to take an evening walk, try using a blinker or lighted collar to make sure you and your pet are visible and safe.
Keep the number of an emergency vet contact available
Just in case there is an emergency you are prepared.
You can help keep pets safe during the holiday season by following the tips below.
* Many holiday plants can lead to health problems in dogs and cats. Among the plants to keep out of reach are holly, mistletoe, poinsettias and lilies.
* Snow globes often contain antifreeze, which is poisonous to pets.
* Pine needles, when ingested, can puncture holes in a pet’s intestine. So keep pet areas clear of pine needles.
* The extra cords and plugs of holiday lights and other fixtures can look like chew toys to pets. Tape down or cover cords to help avoid shocks, burns or other serious injuries. Unplug lights when you are not home.
* Anchor Christmas trees to the ceiling if possible with a string to keep it from falling on pets.
* Do not let pets drink the holiday tree water. Some may contain fertilizers, and stagnant tree water can harbor bacteria. Check labels for tree water preservatives and artificial snow, and buy only those that are nontoxic. Some folks use screens around trees to block access to electrical cords and gifts.
Very important: do not put aspirin in the water (some folks do this thinking it will keep the tree or plant more vigorous). If a pet ingests the aspirin-laced water, his health or even life can be at risk.
* Pets, particularly cats, can be tempted to eat tinsel, which can block the intestines. Hang tinsel high and securely to keep it out of reach of pets.
* Keep other ornaments out of reach of pets. Ingestion of any ornament, which might look like toys to pets, can result in life-threatening emergencies. Even ornaments made from dried food can lead to ailments. And remember, shards from broken glass ornaments can injure paws, mouths and other parts of the body.
* Put away toys after children open their gifts. Small plastic pieces and rubber balls are common causes of choking and intestinal blockage in dogs. Ingested plastic or cloth toys must often be removed surgically.
* Avoid toxic decorations. Bubbling lights contain fluid that can be inhaled or ingested, snow sprays and snow flock can cause reactions when inhaled, Styrofoam poses a choking hazard, tinsel can cause choking and intestinal obstruction, and water in snow scenes may contain toxic organisms such as Salmonella.
* Keep candles on high shelves. Use fireplace screens to avoid burns.
* Holiday guests and other activity can be very stressful and even frightening to pets. It can also trigger illness and intestinal upset. Make sure pets have a safe place to retreat in your house. And make sure they are wearing current I.D. in case they escape out a door when guests come and go.
* Reduce stress by keeping feeding and exercise on a regular schedule.
* Always make time to care for your pets. Some folks get lax about walking their dogs, and a few resort to letting pets out on their own. This puts the animal in danger, while also leading to nuisance complaints and dog bite incidents. Remind pet owners not to take a holiday from responsibly caring for their pets.
* When pets are stressed by holiday activity or during travel, they may require more water. Dogs typically pant more when they feel stressed. Keep fresh water available for them to drink.
* Do not let guests feed your pet’s human food. There are many holiday foods, including fatty meats, gravies, poultry skin, bones, chocolate and alcohol that can cause illnesses from vomiting and diarrhea to highly serious pancreatitis and other toxic reactions. In addition, candy wrappers, aluminum foil pieces and ribbons can choke pets.
* Keep pets away from gift packages as well as your gift wrapping area. Ingested string, plastic, cloth and even wrapping paper can lead to intestinal blockage and require surgical removal. And pets have been severely injured by scissors and other items left on floors and tables.
* Keep pets away from the garbage. Use pet-proof containers.
* If you suspect that your pet has eaten something toxic, glass, broken plastic, staples or other small, sharp objects, call your veterinarian
* By the way, now is a good time to double-check smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and other safety devices and replace batteries. Safety, of course, is the key reason — but here’s another good reason. When batteries run low, the devices often emit alert or alarm sounds at frequencies that can be painful and frightening to many pets. If you’re not home when the alert/alarm sounds, your animals will have to endure that sound until you return, which can be traumatic. So always keep fresh batteries in those devices.
Thanksgiving is such a marvelous and meaningful holiday. Families and friends excitedly gather to share their gratitude for all they are so fortunate to have. Cooks, keeping their ovens busy, are working overtime while delicious holiday aromas fill the air.
During this celebration time with family and food people tend to become overly generous to their pets. This means that we have the urge to give dogs and cats a lot of table food scraps, however too many treats can lead to injury or illness for our pets.
The Central California SPCA offers these important tips to keep your pets healthy, safe and the entire family happy for Thanksgiving:
- Fatty Foods - Too many fatty, rich, or unfamiliar foods can give your pet pancreatitis or gastroenteritis; two medical conditions that can be very painful and even life-threatening.
- Diet and Exercise - Maintain your pet’s regular meal and exercise schedule and avoid feeding them any holiday leftovers. A disruption in his dietary routine can cause stomach upset, diarrhea and/or vomiting.
- Healthy Treat Alternative - Pour on a bit of pet gravy to make their regular meal special, this way you give your pet a treat and make it feel like you’re sharing the feast with them but also won’t upset their stomach.
- Bones - Make no bones about it. Certain bones can lacerate or obstruct your pets’ insides. Save the bones for the broth – not your dog.
- Onions and Sage - Onions and onion powder, widely found in stuffing and used as a general seasoning, will destroy your dog or cat’s red blood cells, which can lead to anemia. Sage and some other herbs have essential oils that can cause upset stomachs and central nervous system depression if a dog eats them in large quantities. Most pets aren’t going to nosh on a fistful of sage, but keep herbs out of reach just in case. Stuffing usually contains many ingredients toxic to animals.
- Bread and Rolls - Make sure to let dough rise in the microwave or oven, out of your pet’s reach. The yeast can ferment in his stomach and cause serious problems, such as alcohol poisoning. Ice water can help deactivate the yeast while you get him to the vet.
- Grapes and Raisins - Grapes and raisins contain a toxin that can cause kidney damage to both dogs and cats.
- Chocolate - Chocolate can actually be fatal to your dog or cat so all those sweets must be kept well out of reach. Watch for animals snitching while you are concentrating on baking.
- Food Wrappings and Strings - Aluminum foil, wax paper and other food wrappings can cause intestinal obstruction. Make sure to place these items securely in the garbage. Baking strings, if ingested, can create trouble if ingested by your pet.
- Caffeine and alcohol - Avoid yappy-hour! Some cats and dogs seem to enjoy alcoholic drinks. Animals and booze are a bad mix. Your pet may not do anything embarrassing she’ll regret in the morning, but she could become disoriented and quite ill so keep an eye on where everyone puts their drinks.
- Fresh Water - Make sure your pet always has fresh water. When there are more people in the house, there’s more chance to bump into the water bowl leaving your pet dry.
- Quiet Time - Make sure your pet has a quiet retreat should the holiday festivities be too much for him. Watch her behavior to make sure she is not stressed.
- Garbage - Keep an eye on the garbage and keep it securely fastened! If your pet gets into it, he may think he’s hit the jackpot, but all he’ll be winning is health problems from something as simple as gastric disturbance, vomiting and diarrhea to the worst-case scenario – death
Pet owners must be extra alert to the dangers that holiday decorations can pose. Do not punish your pets for their curiosity and interest. Rather, supervise them closely; provide appropriate training and “pet proof” your home so that you both may enjoy the holidays safely and avoid the following hazards:
- Cats and kittens can break their limbs by falling out of Christmas trees.
- Chewing on electrical wires can cause serious mouth burns, as well as more severe problems caused by electrical shock.
- Breakable ornaments and “Angel Hair”, which is actually spun glass, can cause severe problems and injuries.
- Tinsel is well loved by pets, but its ingestion can cause problems ruptures in the intestines, requiring surgery.
- Poinsettias are toxic to pets, as are the berries of holly and mistletoe.
- Pets are not “party animals”! It is not funny to give a helpless creature alcohol just so you can get a laugh, while the pet suffers from gastrointestinal problems.
- Turkey and chicken bones should never be given to pets because they splinter easily and can cause choking or internal ruptures. Watch for signs of gagging and retching.
- String used in securing a roasted turkey can be very tempting to pets because of all the juices it absorbs. If eaten, the string can cause serious intestinal problems, requiring surgery to save the animals life. Be sure all strings and netting are discarded properly.
- Chocolate is toxic to pets, even in small amounts. Chocolate contains theobromine, a caffeine-like substance that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, seizures and disorientation.
- DO NOT give aspirin, Tylenol or any painkillers to dogs or cats without consulting your veterinarian. They can be lethal.
Take your pet traveling with you only if necessary. The risks of fear, confusion and running away are too great. Arrange for responsible care in your home or with a reputable boarding facility. Make sure your pets are wearing collars with identification tags in case they accidentally stray. Provide your sitter with emergency phone numbers where you can be reached, your veterinarian and your local animal center. Please advise your sitter to contact the CCSPCA Animal Center immediately should your pet turn up missing. Having a recent photograph handy will aid tremendously in identifying a lost pet.
Please keep your pets safe and have a wonderful holiday!
Thanksgiving is a time to sit around the table with family and friends and enjoy a big dinner and the company of one another – but we mustn’t forget the furry members of our family either! There are a few tips to remember when Thanksgiving rolls around that we wouldn’t normally think about. Keep these in mind to make sure your pet stays healthy and away from danger so we can all have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Turkey and Chicken Bones Should Never Be Given To Pets, as they can be deadly. Bones splinter easily and can cause choking or internal ruptures. Watch for signs of gagging and retching.
String used in securing a roasted turkey can be very tempting to pets because of all the juices it absorbs. If eaten, the string can cause choking and/or serious intestinal problems and blockage requiring surgery to save the animal’s life. Sometimes it can even be fatal.
Pets are not “Party Aniamls”! It is not funny to give a helpless creature alcohol just so you can get a laugh; while the pet suffers from gastrointestinal problems.
Our Yummy Chocolate desserts are toxic to pets, even in small amounts. Chocolate contains Theo bromine, a caffeine-like substance that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, seizures and disorientation.
Do not give aspirin or any painkillers containing acetaminophen to cats. They are toxic!
Halloween can be a very scary time of the year for people and for pets.
- Keep your pets safely indoors, away from trick-or-treaters and other Halloween activities.
- Make sure that all of your pets are wearing tags with current ID. Opening the door repeatedly for trick-or-treaters creates plenty of escape opportunities.
- Keep candy out of your pets’ reach. Chocolate and other ingredients can be toxic to them.
- Most pets are happiest wearing nothing but their birthday suit. Costumes and masks can make your pets uncomfortable or even cause injury.
- Decorations can be dangerous, so be sure to keep them safely away from pets. Candle flames can set fire to a pet’s fur. Hanging or dangling decorations can be an entanglement or choking hazard to some animals.
- Use fake cobwebs sparingly, if at all. Pets can choke on fake cobwebs set up indoors. Outdoors, fake webs may be a hazard to birds and wildlife.
- When going out trick-or-treating, leave your dog at home. Dogs can be easily excited by the Halloween commotion and a dog bite or lost dog will quickly end the evening’s fun.