Cold weather and the holiday can bring potential dangers to your pet both indoors and out.  Pennsauken Animal Hospital wants to help you be prepared and to remind you that we are available 7 days a week for urgent situtaions and routine visits.

Keep these tips in mind as you celebrate the holidays:

   * Leave the leftovers for your two-legged family.  Most human foods are too fatty, spicy, or salty for your

      pets and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and other more serious health issues.  Pets can join the       

      festivities in other ways that won’t upset their stomachs.

   * Keep an eye on alcohol and place unattended drinks where pets cannot get to them.  Alcohol

      ingestion, even in small quantities, can lead to drops in blood pressure, dizziness, and other health


   * Flickering lights can cause curiosity in cats. Beware of candles and open flames being

      knocked over by your curious kitties!  Pets also chew on holiday lights of decorations so keep them

      out of reach and hidden.

    * Decorations that contain tiny pieces and stings that your pet could ingest causing an obstruction.     

       Keep them out of reach, or in rooms that your pets don’t spend time in. Outdoor decorations, such as

       tinsel and ribbons, can also cause an obstruction, so keep a close eye on what your critters are

       picking up outside.

    * When it gets cold outside, be sure to monitor your pet’s time out there.  Extended exposure to below

       freezing temperatures can cause serious health concerns and possibly even death.

    *  Securely anchor your Christmas tree so it doesn’t fall over and potentially land on your or your

        pet.   This will also prevent the tree water—which may contain fertilizers that can cause

        stomach upset—from spilling. Stagnant tree water is a breeding ground for bacteria, and your pet

        could end up with nausea or diarrhea if they take a sip.

Holidays are enjoyable and fun, let’s keep it that way by making it a good time for you pets as well by heeding some of this simple safety tips.

For more safety information and other holiday concerns visit the ASPCA’s website

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