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Posted on 12-18-2017

Holiday Pet Hazards From Your Portland Veterinarian

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If your pet is a big part of your family, you probably want to include him or her with your holiday celebrations. While outfitting your pup with a fancy new sweater and giving your cat a tiny bit of cooked turkey is just fine, the holidays hold dangers for pets that don't exist during the rest of the year. At Peninsula Dog & Cat Clinic, we treat many pets each year suffering from a wide variety of injuries, just because their owners weren't aware of the dangers. Go through your home before the celebrations get started and make your rooms safer for your favorite dog or cat.

Decorations Hazards

You decorate for the holidays to make your home look more festive, but some of those ornaments can be dangerous for your pets. If you've got a new puppy or kitten, tape extension cords and tree light strings to the wall to get them out of the way of gnawing little teeth. Tinsel can bind in pets' intestines if they eat it; consider skipping it entirely. Your tree will look just as festive without it. If you love the look of candles, switch them out for electric ones to avoid having live flames being knocked over by running dogs or climbing kittens. 

Food Hazards

The holidays are filled with special dishes that are made only once each year, so you've probably got a kitchen full of unusual ingredients. Make sure all of these foods are safely put away where your pet can never get a taste of them:

  • Raisins and grapes
  • Xylitol, an artificial sweetener in gum and candies
  • Chocolate
  • Alcohol
  • Yeast dough
  • Onions
  • Garlic

Schedule An Appointment With Your Portland Veterinarian Today

When emergencies happen, the caring, experienced team at our animal hospital is ready to care for your furry friend. During the rest of the year, we'll be here for pet wellness exams, spaying and neutering, vaccinations, and all the other care your pet needs. Give our office a call at 503-285-7661 to schedule an appointment today.

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