Cinema Veterinary Centre

Holiday Dangers for Pets

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 by jronchetto  | Tags: pet safety, holiday tips

While the holidays can be a fun and enjoyable time for us, they can spell trouble for our pets. With Thanksgiving just around the corner we offer a few tips to help ensure your pet can enjoy the holidays just as much as you do.  We at Cinema Veterinary Centre wish you and your pets a very safe and enjoyable Holiday season.

- Too many fatty, rich or even just new types of food can cause conditions called pancreatitis or gastroenteritis. Both can be painful and become quite serious, so just say “NO” to the pleading, soulful eyes of your pet.

- Bones can tear up or obstruct your pet’s digestive system. Cooked turkey bones are especially harmful because they are hollow and easily splinter in your pet’s mouth.  Be especially careful when disposing of left over parts of the turkey. The tasty string often used to tie up the turkey during roasting time can injure your pet if swallowed. Also beware of the bag the turkey is cooked in and the little red “popper” used to determine doneness.

- Onion, often abundantly found in stuffing, can damage a pet’s red blood cells, leading to anemia.

 - Too much chocolate, especially baking chocolate, can poison and may even be fatal to your dog/cat, so keep it out of reach.

 - Keep curious paws and mouths away from decorations, especially those with small parts. These can cause blockages in the gastrointestinal tract or string can become tied around kitty tongues, both of which would need veterinary intervention to treat. 

- Cinema Veterinary Centre will be closed on Thursday November 22nd in observance of Thanksgiving, but will re-open at our normal time of 8:00 am on Friday November 23rd