Holiday problems for dogs

@savypat (20244)
United States
November 14, 2008 5:11pm CST
this little article caught my attention and I thought you might want to think about this before the house is filled with friends and children some of whom may not be that well alert to hazards for your dogs. One of the hardest things in life to resist are puppy dog eyes. Sure you can spare that little piece of meat or stuffing but don’t give in! What seems like a harmless hand-out could actually do more harm than good. Besides being a bad habit, greasy, spicy and fatty foods can upset your pets stomach resulting in indigestion and diarrhea. High fat content foods have been associated with inflammation in your pets pancreas, a potentially life threatening situation. There’s also an added danger with poultry bones. Besides being uncomfortable to swallow, they can splinter causing blockages, or worse, with some of the sharper fragments causing intestinal puncture. The last thing you want to be doing this holiday season is rushing to your local veterinary clinic for emergency surgery. Also don't forget about chocolate it's real poison for dogs and the raisins which we just learned were also harmful. We lock our animals up or take them to be dog sat when we are having a party, you might want to consider that. HAPPY HOLIDAYS
1 response
@Opal26 (17684)
• United States
15 Nov 08
Hi savypat! Thanks for this discussion! This is a very important reminder for so many people because I don't think that many people know that there are so many hazards for animals around the holidays. As you have mentioned there are alot of harmful things that people do that they don't even think about like feeding pets food that can make them very sick and the bones that they are given could prove fatal to some. It really bothers me that people don't think about what they are doing before they do it. No everyone knows that chocolate is poison to cats and dogs. If you do have pets as you said the best thing for them is to lock them up in another room or take them somewhere safe for the holidays if you are having a party. This could save their lives!