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     Whether you’re decking the halls or going into hibernation mode, there are things you can do to protect your pet from holiday hazards.

     Make your home safe for live-in and visiting pets with these tips from Dr. Gail C. Golab.
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Frostbite and snow-removal salt:

Snow and salt should be removed from your pet’s paws immediately. 

Frostbitten skin is red or gray and may slough (peel off.)

Apply warm, moist towels to thaw out frostbitten areas slowly until the skin appears flushed.

Contact your veterinarian as soon as possible for further care.

Snow removal products should be stored out of the reach of pets and small children, as the products’ toxicity varies considerably.

 

Toxic plants and holiday/winter products:

     Plants and other items associated with the winter and holiday season can be toxic to your pets.  What follows is a general guide.  Please consult your veterinarian, animal poison control, and the manufacturer for specifics.  Remember, the earlier you seek treatment, the better for your pet!

Plants:

poinsettia leaves and stems

balsam

pine

cedar

fir

holly berries and leaves

mistletoe, especially berries 

Decorations/chemicals/other:

angel hair (spun glass)

Christmas tree preservatives

snow sprays, snow flock

tree ornaments

super glue

styrofoam

icicles

tinsel

crayons, paints

fireplace colors/salts

plastic model cement

bubbling lights (contain methylene chloride)

snow scenes (may contain salmonella)

aftershave, perfume

alcoholic beverages

chocolate

epoxy adhesives

antifreeze

     Some of the above items are notable not just for their toxicity, but also for the danger they pose of intestinal blockage or severe irritation to the skin and mucous membranes. 

Keep these numbers handy for emergencies –

BluePearl Veterinary Emergency Hospital in Virginia Beach 757-499-5463

Pet Poison Helpline  1-800-213-6680

ASPCA Animal Poison Control  1-888-426-4435
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This article was originally posted on December 9, 2011.

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As you can see, even the pictures in our clinic have gotten into
the Christmas spirit.

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Speaking of the Christmas spirit — yes, that is a ghost peeking out of the attic window in the American Paw-thic picture…

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…and he looks mighty festive, too. 

Here’s another little ghostie that hangs out in our office all year long:

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It’s possible my inspiration comes from my mother, who places a Santa hat on a large statue of Abraham Lincoln each year.  

Do you have any favorite quirky holiday decorations? Tell us about it in the comments section.  ~~  Jen

 

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