Christmas Safety

Glass Eaten what to do if your dog eats a Christmas ornament
Dangerous Foods don't let your pet have these


"..vomiting after lapping preservative-treated water from the tree's water stand...

"..hazards lurk in the holiday house...

"Electrical cords -- as well as glass ornaments, ribbons, and holly berries -- can have "dangerous side effects if your pooch or tabby chews or consumes them," warns emergency room vet... keep them out of your pet's reach...

"Swinging tails and wayward paws can knock over unattended candles and cause painful burns. Swallowed tinsel can wad up into a blockage requiring surgery. Chewed batteries can cause ulcers in your pet's mouth and gastrointestinal tract. Gobbled poinsettia leaves and sap require a quick rinse of the mouth with water and a call to a vet., while mistletoe berries eaten in quantity can make dogs very sick or even cause death...

"Maria Goodavage of San Francisco resorted to moving her holiday tree from the living room to a room off-limits to her yellow Labrador Retriever...

""Every year, we get animals in that ate the Thanksgiving turkey, and the bones do terrible things," [vet.] Cohn says.

"Bones from poultry, pork, fish, and beef ribs can puncture your pet's throat, stomach, or intestines. Grapes and raisins have been linked to acute renal failure in dogs. Alcoholic drinks can kill, especially smaller animals, Stone says. Rich, fatty foods like turkey skins and gravy can cause pancreatitis... Dogs can die from that...

"..the caffeine and theobromine in chocolate [can kill a dog]...

"Make sure you keep the trashcan and wastebasket lid closed tightly [or completely inaccessible to pets]... hazards found in garbage.. include moldy foods, onions, salt, and coffee grounds. The grounds contain caffeine, which increases heart rate and can cause shaking, panting, or seizures...

"Also beware of trails of sweet-smelling antifreeze (which can lead to acute kidney failure and death if ingested) left on the garage floor by the cars of holiday guests" (Deneen, Sally. "Holiday Heads-Up." Dog Fancy, Nov. 2003, 60-65).


Colby Glass, MLIS