Hiya humans! You can read that cheerful poem all your want, but don’t go feeding me sugarplums, chocolate, alcohol or anything else dangerous to us kitties (don’t feed those to stinky dogs either, as much as I despise them). Here’s a list of dangerous people food, plants and top ten poisons to keep away from us this holiday season.
Dangerous people foods: chocolates, coffee, caffeine, alcohol, avocados, macadamia nuts, grapes, raisins, yeast dough, raw/undercooked meats, eggs, bones, xylitol (a sweetener in many products, including some peanut butter), onions, garlic, chives, milk, salt
Dangerous plants: lilies, marijuana, sago palm, tulip/narcissus bulb, azalea/rhododendron, oleander, castor bean, cyclamen, kalanchoe, yew, amaryllis, autumn crocus, chrysanthemum, English ivy, peace lily, pothos, schefflera
Top ten poisons: human medications, insecticides, people food, plants, veterinary medications, rodenticides, household cleaners, heavy metals, garden products, chemical hazards
It’s going to get chillier, so this winter keep pets inside when the temperature is below freezing (or bring them in before then, because 34 degrees feels really cold, too!), make sure outdoor pets have proper shelter and access to unfrozen water, and wipe your pet down if she/he walks through rock salt or chemical de-icers.
Get your pet to the vet ASAP if your suspect hypothermia (signs include a slow pulse, shallow breathing, disorientation, collapse and unconsciousness). If wet, dry your pet thoroughly and then place warm (not hot) water bottles wrapped in towels around your pet. The ears, paws and other poorly insulated parts of the body may have frostbite; do NOT rub or apply snow or water to these parts. Thaw the area slowly and get your pet to the vet ASAP.
If you have an emergency, we are open Monday through Friday and Saturday mornings. If we’re closed, contact The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine emergency line at (865) 974-8387.
Alright, now that we’ve covered the potential holiday disasters that I hope never befall your pets, you can get back to petting your fur baby! I wish you the meowy-best this December and a happy new year.
Hearts and tuna treats, Bella