Holiday Hazards – Part 2

This week we continue to highlight some common possible hazards that your pets may encounter during the holidays.

*Amaryllis – all parts of the plant are toxic, however the bulbs contain the highest concentration of alkaloids.  Pets who ingest large quantities require aggressive treatment.

*Lily – members of the Lilium and Hemerocallis genera (Easter lilies, tiger lilies, day lilies, etc.) cause acute renal failure in cats, even when only a small amount is ingested.  It should be noted that not all plants with “lily” in the name are members of Liliaceae.

*Chocolate – toxic to pets, as most owners know.  The darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is, with unsweetened baking chocolate being most toxic.  Call your veterinarian if your pet has ingested chocolate.

*Coffee, onions, macadamia nuts, yeast dough, grapes, and raisins – toxic in variable quantities

*Fatty foods – can cause gastrointestinal upset or even pancreatitis, best to avoid

*Electrical cords – don’t let your pet chew on electrical cords, including those that are powering your Christmas tree lights

*Ribbons, tinsel – possible linear foreign body which may require surgery to remove

*Small toys, ornaments, batteries – possible choking hazard, possible foreign body, and possibly corrosive – avoid exposure.

*Medications – with more houseguests comes the potential for more exposure to medications.  Please be careful with all medications and keep them out of the reach of children and pets.

*Antifreeze – definitely a toxin that pets are attracted to because of its sweet taste. Best to avoid exposure altogether.

*Impulse Pet Purchases – last but not least, we encourage you to avoid the temptation to give a pet as a gift or buy a pet on an impulse.  A calendar with cute animal pictures is a much better bet for a gift!

There are many potential hazards, especially around the holidays.  We don’t want to focus on the negative but a bit of caution does go a long way.


We would like to wish our wonderful Golf Glen clients a joyful holiday season and a 2014 filled with laughter and good health.

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