Holiday Tips

Holiday Hazards

Bows and ribbons are pretty to look at, holiday sauces and meats are wonderful to eat, but all are harmful to the family pet. 

It's hard to say no when you're in the festive mood and Fluffy's begging a taste, but remember, these appealing foods from your table can wreak havoc on your pet's digestion. Illnesses range from diarrhea and vomiting to extreme discomfort and dehydration. 

Decorations, ornaments, ribbons, and tinsel are notorious for causing stomach and intestinal problems in pets. Intriguing to the family pet, they are commonly snagged off presents and the Christmas tree, and then eaten. 

Don't forget the treated water Christmas trees sit in! The preservatives and sap running from the trunk may make even a sip of water dangerous for your dog or cat.

"Pet-proof" your holidays. Keep holiday decorations out of reach and holiday treats limited to extra hugs or nibbles of pet food. 

Ask your veterinarian for more information on what's safe and what's not. 

This information is provided to you compliments of:
Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association
P.O. Box 154, Barrington, RI 02806-0154
(401) 521-0101