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Posted on 12-28-2012

The holidays are a great time to see family and friends but to our four-legged friends it can be dangerous. Each year we see pets for many conditions that are holiday related. Some can be as simple as an upset stomach while others can be life threatening. The good news is that most often these illnesses can be prevented. 1_17_11_004_1.jpg

We all know how hard it is to resist those begging eyes. We have all done it. However, foods that are rich in fat, too spicy or simply not part of our pet's routine diet could trigger a trip to the emergency room. "People" food can cause vomiting, diarrhea and pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas).

Turkey or chicken bones may seem like a great way to keep your dog from begging at the table but poultry bones are prone to splintering which can send shards through your dog's intestines. Be sure all food and bones that are put in the trash are out of your pet's reach.

Christmas trees are full of hazards for dogs and cats. Cats climbing an unsecured tree can bring down the whole thing. Also, lights can be an exciting, new chew toy. Tinsel, ribbons and ornaments if ingested, may be unable to pass through the intestines. This can lead to surgical removal.

Many Christmas plants are harmful to our dogs and cats. Mistletoe and bulbs from the amaryllis plant are toxic. Also, chocolate and candy in a large enough dose can send your pet to the emergency room. The best prevention is to keep the dangerous plants and candy dishes out of reach.

If you think one of your pets ate something they shouldn't have, please contact Eagle Animal Hospital or poison control. We serve Chester Springs, Downingtown, Exton, Glenmoore, and surrounding areas.

Harriet Band, receptionist

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