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If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times – chocolate is toxic for our pets. And, with the holidays come many more things that are toxic and hazardous to dogs and cats too. Be mindful of your pets and their access to these toxic items during the holidays. If your pet has ingested any of the following items or you suspect that they might have, always call your veterinarian immediately!
|Toxic Items||Side Effects|
|Lilies||Cause kidney failure|
|Mistletoe or holly berries||Cause gastrointestinal upset (vomiting, nausea, diarrhea); also could lead to cardiovascular problems|
|Candies and gum with xylitol||Causes blood sugar to drop, resulting in depression, loss of coordination and possible seizures|
|Alcohol||Can lead to a coma and result in death from respiratory failure|
|Decorations||Can become lodged in the intestines and cause an obstruction|
|Aluminum foil and cellophane wrappers||Causes vomiting and intestinal blockage|
|Christmas tree water||If it contains fertilizers, that can upset the stomach of your pet; stagnant water can be a breeding ground for bacteria causing infection or illness if ingested|
|Leftovers||Too much of a good thing can cause upset stomach and diarrhea; also watch for bones that may splinter and create a choking hazard|
Might cause mild vomiting or nausea
Always have your veterinarian’s phone number close by just in case your pet becomes ill. It is also agood idea to have the number to yourlocal 24-hour emergency veterinary hospital for treatment recommendations and the number to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888-426-4435).
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