Dec 14 2017

Christmas Holiday Hazards!

Hello all my favorite Humans! It’s me, Purr’ll again! Seasons Greetings and salutations! Wow, it’s so close to Christmas and I am getting very excited! Santa Paws will be coming soon! I hope all of you are enjoying your time with friends and family this year as much as I am.

As Christmas approaches, my mommy reminds me that excitement is no excuse for not being careful! She is such a great mommy and makes sure to take special precautions to keep me safe over the Holidays – who knew there could be so many hazards to watch out for? Hey! I just got a great idea! How about I share my mommies 12 Hazards of the Holidays so that your humans can prepare for them too? I know that 12 Hazards seems like a lot, but really, they are pretty easy to spot, I promise!

12) Bulbs: A Christmas favorite for gardeners!
11) Holiday Plants such as: Holly, Mistletoe, Lilies and Poinsettia
10) Assorted Snacks such as: nuts, any dough with yeast, grapes/raisins, onions, garlic or chives
9) Alcoholic Beverages
8) Christmas Tree Preservative Water
7) Road Salt/Ice Melt – please check, wash and clean your furrbabies feet when they come inside!
6) Table Scraps and Changes to Regular Diet
5) Foreign Bodies: Ornaments, ribbons, tinsel and toys can be sooooo tempting for some of us! Remember to Pet Proof your house as some of these things may prove irresistible to us furbabies!
4) Prescription Drugs: Dogs and cats DO NOT react the same way to some medications that people do and in fact some prescriptions that are safe for people are very dangerous and even fatal to us.
3) Chocolate and Coffee: You may want to consider NOT leaving wrapped chocolates under the tree as our noses are far more sensitive and we may open your present for you and eat it while you aren’t looking.
2) Antifreeze/Ethylene Glycol/Methanol
1) Hypothermia/Frostbite

Wow! That didn’t seem like so much when I started but those 12 Hazards…they are tricky things! Exposure to any of them can cause a vast array of issues from something as simple as skin irritation to things like anxiety, disorientation, weakness, gastro-intestinal upset, bloat, anemia, cardiovascular or neurological issues, organ failure, trouble breathing, coma or may even require surgical intervention. In some extreme cases, coming into contact with or ingesting something listed above, can even result in death! If you think your furrbaby has been exposed, contact your regular Veterinarian, the Emergency Veterinary Clinic if this happens during the evening when your Animal Hospital is closed, or the Poison Control right away!!! The Poison Control can be reached at 1-855-764-7661 and their website is found here: Acting fast may just save one of our 9 lives!

I really hope that this has helped you all with making your house safer this Season for the entire Family.

And please don’t forget our Food Drive! We are collecting donations for Pets and People in need. All proceeds will go to the Kitchener Waterloo Food Bank ( You can bring in a donation of cat or dog food, canned or dry or treats or any human non-perishable food items any time during our regular hours to help us, help others this Holiday Season! The cut off time to drop off your donation will be on Dec 19th, 2017 by 5:00pm.

Well, That about covers it! From our Family to yours, please enjoy a safe and happy Holiday Season!




bluecrosskitchener | Preventive Medicine, Seasonal

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