Tips for a Pet Friendly Holiday Season

Holidays mean great food, friends, family and beautiful decorations. We shouldn’t let our pet’ health get lost in the hustle and bustle.

Dr. Rachel Scotland of Absecon Veterinary Hospital says, “We always need to keep our pets safe but knowing some of the potential hazards that we bring into our home this time of year is especially important.” Here are a few things she reminds us to keep in mind:

  • Whether you prefer a freshly cut tree or an artificial one, make sure it is securely anchored so curious pets can’t knock it over. Also, access to the water reservoir should be closed. The water may contain fertilizers from the tree that can cause upset stomachs.
  • Poinsettias, holly and mistletoe, as beautiful as they are can irritate the mouths and stomachs of pets.
  • Mistletoe may be toxic and can cause vomiting and diarrhea as well as difficulty breathing, erratic behavior, and hallucinations.
  • Holly causes intense vomiting, diarrhea and depression.
  • As much as our pets want them, some table scraps may be toxic. Fatty foods such as butter, oils, meat drippings/grease, chocolate, milk and garlic are just a few health hazards.
  • Toss the tinsel. It’s especially enticing to cats because it dangles and reflects light. If your pet eats even a little bit, it can create intestinal blockage as well as severe vomiting and dehydration.

If you encounter an emergency call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435. Absecon Veterinary Hospital, (609) 646-7013, offers emergent care available on weekends.

Absecon Veterinary Hospital, founded in 1980 is a full-service facility that offers extensive telemedicine equipment that allows images to be shared to other specialized physicians and hospitals. Additional services include surgical, chemotherapy, and behavioral services. It’s open 7 days a week 8am to 8pm with urgent care available on the weekends.

The hospital is the sponsor of the Pet Pantry that is housed in the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Egg Harbor Township. Clients of the Food Bank can now get food for their pets when they get food for their family.


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