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Its Chrismas!

Its Chrismas!
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As with many posts this Christmas, it’s all about those goodies and decorations that are toxic to our pets. So we’ve written just a quick reminder of a things to help keep your four legged friends safe this festive season.

Christmas Trees

The most common types are Fir, Pine and Spruce. They are considered to be of a low toxicity to pets. The main symptoms are gastrointestinal upset, skin irritation and the needles can cause an obstruction in the throat.

Artificial Snow

These are generally regarded as low toxicity by the Veterinary Poisons Information Service, contrary to popular belief on the internet. But, they can still cause a gastrointestinal upset.

Christmas Plants (Poinsetta, Holly, Mistletoe)

Again, all can be toxic, but it depends on the plant and the contact. They all produce different symptoms, occasionally vomiting or excessive salivation.

Grapes, Raisins, Sultanas and Currants

These are incredibly toxic. The Veterinary Poisons Information Service recommend that any ingestion should be treated, no matter how small. As a toxic dose has not yet been established it’s easier to just treat your pet immediately before symptoms begin.

And not forgetting to be aware of chocolate, onions, garlic, alcohol, antifreeze… to name a few.

It’s not simply the ingestion of poisons that we need to consider over the Christmas period it’s also the wellbeing of our pets. This time of year can be quite stressful for those that thrive on predictability. So here’s a few pointers;

  • Organise a safe, comfortable place to hide and escape the noise. With bedding that’s of a familiar smell to help them feel more secure.
  • Advise any visitors or house guests to only stroke your pet if they initiate it themselves.
  • And always ensure there is an open door to allow your pet to escape to their comfort zone.
  • Try Feliway and DAP Diffusers to emit those happy hormones.

If your pet ingests or comes into contact with any of the above, please phone. We have vets and nurses on call 24 hours a day, who are happy to give advice and put your mind at ease.

So, our final words to you all this year, Happy Christmas and we wish you all a healthy and happy 2017.