Pay attention to dogs and cats during the holidays. This can harm them

Keepers of curious dogs and cats should be especially careful when choosing Christmas plants for their homes.

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Each of us wants to spend Christmas in peace and joy. At this time, pet caregivers face the problem of protecting the Christmas tree and other plants from being eaten by dogs and cats. In addition, there is a need to educate the family, which should not be given to quadrupeds at all. We present a list of plants and foods that are often in our homes during the holidays and are better to hide from our pets.

“The relationship with the dog is to see what the other is eating right now.” There is a lot of truth in this funny saying, and moreover, during the holidays we sometimes have to take a closer look not only at our pets, but also at our family and friends who visit us. Not everyone knows that some products on the holiday table can cause serious harm to our pets. Let’s not be afraid to tell our guests about it – prevention is better than cure.

Having a dog or cat interested in decorating our apartment with typical Christmas plants is also a problem. No need to look far – the Christmas tree, especially pine trees, is a potential threat to the health and life of the pet. Eaten Christmas tree needles, regardless of type, are a big risk. Having an artificial Christmas tree is not easy, because the swallowed “spikes” can get stuck in the intestines of a dog or cat …

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Prevention by observing a pet may not be enough. A moment of carelessness is enough, and the pet will be happy to “look” at the leftovers or “examine” the Christmas plants placed in its range. In the case of dogs, this will help keep plants, including Christmas trees, away from their paws and mouths. Using their agility, the problem is a bit more complicated in cats wherever they want.

The plants to watch out for and the symptoms caused by eating them are:

  • holly – vomiting and diarrhea, drooling and shaking of the head, paralysis and coma;
  • mistletoe – vomiting and diarrhea, respiratory and cardiac arrest;
  • angel hair – vomiting, stomach pain, cough;
  • The star of Bethlehem (spurge mucosa) – vomiting, drooling, irritation of the skin and mucous membranes;
  • Christmas treecandle – can cause liver damage – it is better to choose fir or spruce; swallowed Christmas tree needles pose a risk of perforation of the animal’s intestines;
  • amaryllis – Causes vomiting, diarrhea and convulsions due to the presence of liqueur;
  • lily – Extremely toxic to cats;
  • ivy – saponins in it cause irritation of mucous membranes and stomach, diarrhea and vomiting, coma;
  • yew – Acute vomiting and diarrhea, intestinal damage, gastrointestinal bleeding.

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Many things are not healthy

There is no need to convince anyone that lack of moderation can lead to unpleasant consequences. Do not share a piece of bread or meat with your dog (provided it is spicy), but do not offer him the leftovers of the holiday table or allow the dog to taste everything he wants (Christmas)!) Is not a concern on our part, but an expression of carelessness. In the context of food, don’t rely on the wisdom of a dog or cat – they don’t know that something can harm them. At best, it will end with stomach and abdominal pain, which, after 1-2 days, will effectively affect both our pets and our mood. In some cases, even a small dose of individual products is toxic and dangerous for a pet. Let’s pay special attention to these items:

  • chocolate and cocoa – Causes arrhythmias, abdominal pain, shortness of breath;
  • raisins – vomiting and diarrhea, abdominal pain, anuria, renal failure,
  • xylitol – vomiting, tachycardia (increased heart rate), leakage, convulsions, diabetic coma,
  • alcohol – also in chocolate – causes symptoms similar to intoxication in humans.

We must also remember that some very interesting animals will also like to taste something completely inedible. Christmas balls, Christmas decorations, candles and children’s toys – All this can be seen under the mouth of a dog or cat at Christmas. Let’s be careful and attentive so that the upcoming holidays are safe and comfortable for everyone.

Veterinary clinics operating 24/7 in Tri-City:
Tricity Veterinary Clinic – Qdansk, ul. Świętokrzyska 33AMaptel 734 188 188,
Gdansk 24-hour Veterinary Treatment Center Zwierzyniec – Qdansk, ul. Kartuska 249Maptel (58) 302 00 02,
Animal Clinic 24 hours – Gdynia, ul. Stryjska 25Maptel (58) 622 21 48,
24/7 Gdynia Veterinary Clinic – Gdynia, ul. Kielecka 22Maptel. (58) 620 55 55,
24/7 Chylonia Animal Clinic – Gdynia, ul. Chełmińska 23Maptel. (58) 782 70 70.

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