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Vet offers Holiday tips for pets

The Hasbrouck Heights Oradell Veterinary Group offers the following suggestions to avoid Holiday hazards:

  • Pets should never eat the following plants:  holly, mistletow, amaryllis or lilies.
  • Pets should never eat the following holiday treats: chocolate, coffee, onions, fatty foods, yeast dough, macadamia nuts or alcoholic beverages. Make sure all food-related gifts are tucked away safely.
  • Inhaling candle fumes can be harmful to birds.
  • Leaping cats and wagging tails can knock over lit candles.
  • Liquid and dired potpourri are hamful if eaten.
  • Small, breakable oraments should be kept high on the Christmas tree.
  • Batteries contain corrosive materials that can cause ulcerations in your pets' mouth, tongue or gastrointenstinal tract.
  • Make sure carcass leftovers are secured away from your pet. Bones are never a good choice for a snack as they may become lodged or splinter in the digestive system. Also, bones and fat are too much for your pet's gastrointestinal system and can cause severe upset. 
  • Tinsel and garland are too tempting for your kitty. Pets, particularly cats, love to chew and play with glittery tinsel. Unfortunately, they can't resist eating it and it can become entangled in the intestinal tract. Often, it must be surgically-removed.
  • Pine needles are toxic making them dangerous if eaten
  • If you're planning a party, provide your pet with a quiet, secure place for him/her to settle in while you party. The presence of many visitors unknown to your pet can cause unnecessary stress for him/her.
  • If you're thinking of giving a new pet as a holiday gift, the holiday season is probably the worst time to introduce a new pet into your home. Instead, package up a basket with a leash, food, dish, toys and a brush together with an IOU...then plan an outing AFTER the holiday rush when you can introduce your new pet to your peaceful, quiet environment!
  • Electrical cords, decorations and holiday plants all pose potential hazards.  Try to segregate your pet from holiday trimmings when you're not home. Avoid leaving your furry friend unsupervised around these tempting items.
  • Don't be tempted to increase the treats for your pet. Maintain the pet's regular diet and keep plenty of fresh water available at all times.

If your pet becomes ill as a result of coming into contact with any of these holiday hazards, contact your veterinarian immediately for advice on first aid and further treatment. The animal Poison Control Center phone number is 1-888-4ANI-HELP.
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