Holiday Health for Pets

Holiday Foods that can be Hazardous to your Pet’s Health
– Avoid feeding your pet chocolate, coffee or tea products. These all contain dangerous components called xanthines, which cause nervous system, urinary system damage and heart muscle stimulation.

– Uncooked meat, fish and poultry can contain disease-causing bacteria such as E. coli and parasites. For your own health, as well as your pet, wash utensils that have been in contact with raw meat, and cook meat thoroughly.

– Bones from fish, meat or your Thanksgiving turkey can also cause problems if swallowed. Even small bones can splinter causing lacerations (tearing) throughout the intestinal tract. We recommend alternatives such as Rawhides, Kong toys and hardened, sterilized bones.

– Alcohol can cause serious intoxications in pets, and many dogs are attracted to it. Every year hundreds of dogs die after a single bout of alcohol consumption. Clean up glasses after holiday parties. Dogs are often attracted by the sweet taste of drinks, especially eggnog.

courtesy healthypets.com

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