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Seasonal Hazards for Dogs

The holiday season is officially upon us! It’s always great to spend some quality time with friends and family members at this time of year, enjoying some delicious seasonal meals and just unwinding. The holidays can be very dangerous for our canine friends, however, so dog owners may want to take a few extra precautions. Here, a Walnut, CA veterinarian lists some seasonal hazards for Fido.

Food

Food is probably the biggest seasonal hazard for Man’s Best Friend. Fido loves a delicious meal just as much as we do! Unfortunately, many of our favorite foods are toxic to our canine pals. Never give your pup meat on the bone; garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; nuts; chocolate; grapes, currants, or raisins; pitted fruits; raw meat, dough, or yeast; or anything containing xylitol. Don’t worry, though: you can get that furry tail going by offering your pooch some plain, cooked, meat, fish, or poultry, without the bones, skin, or fat. Ask your vet for more suggestions.

Trash

Man’s Best Friend is a bit of an opportunist, especially when it comes to food. Fido has been known to dig through the trash in the hopes of scoring himself some leftovers. However, your garbage could contain many dangerous items, such as can lids, bones, toothpicks, tinfoil, and plastic wrappers. Be sure to throw away leftovers right away, using a trashcan with a secure lid.

Decorations

Seasonal decorations can definitely make your home look cozy and inviting, but they can be dangerous to frisky pups. Candles and potpourri burners are particular concerns: pets and flames are not a good mix! Keep these things in high, secure places, where Fido can’t reach them. Anything that your pooch could possibly try to eat is also a concern. Last but not least, Christmas trees are also a hazard. Sharp pine needles; the tree’s water bowl; fragile ornaments; ribbon; tinsel; and ornament hooks are all dangerous to dogs.

Guests

Guests may not necessarily pose a direct threat to your pet: the risk here is mostly of accidental harm. Ask people to make sure the door is shut tightly behind them: you don’t want your dog slipping out by mistake! We also recommend asking guests not to feed Fido, and to keep potentially-harmful items, like medicine, away from him.

Enjoy your holidays! Please contact us anytime. As your Walnut, CA, vet clinic, we’re here to help!

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