Holiday Health Hazards

The holiday season is here! While this is a joyous time of the year, it is imperative that we remember all of the potential threats that the holiday festivities may pose to our beloved household pets. Here are some tips and important tidbits to keep in mind to help ensure your pets stay safe this holiday season.

Decorations: Tinsel, ornaments, and greenery can be tempting for pets to eat, and they are not easily passed through the digestive tract. This can cause an intestinal obstruction, which is life-threatening and requires surgery. Make sure these decorations stay out of reach of your pets.

Christmas trees: Poorly secured Christmas trees can fall on rowdy pets who run around or try to climb them. It is important to make sure your tree is securely upright and that rambunctious pets are kept away from it. Additionally, water additives for Christmas trees (aspirin, sugar, etc.) can be hazardous for your pets. Don’t use any water additives for your tree(s) if you have pets in the house.

Electric cords: It is important to conceal all electrical cords for holiday lights and decorations, as many pets are tempted to chew on them. Chewing on electrical cords can cause severe burns, fluid buildup in the lungs, and/or fatal electrocution.

Holiday plants: Many holiday plants may be poisonous and dangerous to your pets. This includes mistletoe, poinsettias, lilies, and holly.

Potpourris: Potpourris contain essential oils and detergents, which can be very damaging to a pet’s mouth, eyes, and skin. Thus, potpourris should be kept out of reach from curious household pets.

Sweets and treats: Chocolate, sweets, and baked goods can be very toxic to pets if eaten. Make sure these are kept out of reach from your pet. Even if sweets are wrapped and placed under the tree, your pets can still sniff them out and get into them.

Table scraps: Although it may be tempting to share left-overs with your beloved companions during the holidays, most foods intended for human consumption are potentially unsafe for our pets. Even in small amounts, they can cause gastrointestinal upset and/or pancreatitis, which can be life-threatening.

Travel: When traveling by car over the holidays, properly restrain your pet in a secure harness or carrier away from airbags. Never transport you pets in the bed of a truck or leave your pet alone in a car in any weather. If traveling by air, talk to your veterinarian about the potential risks your pet(s) may face (especially short-nosed dogs). Furthermore, if you decide to leave your pet behind while traveling for the holidays, talk to one of our doctors about the vaccinations needed to ensure your pet stays healthy while boarding.

Special Announcements

Special office hours for this month are listed below.

  • Monday, December 24: 8 AM-1 PM
  • Tuesday, December 25: Closed
  • Monday, December 31: 8 AM- 2 PM
  • Tuesday, January 1: Closed

To encourage more dental health awareness, in January, all dental procedures will be performed at a discounted price. Talk to one of our veterinarians today about whether or not a dental procedure is right for you and your pet.

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Ardmore Companion Animal Hospital
25547 Main Street
Ardmore,TN 38449
Phone: (931) 427-8383