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As the holidays are just around the corner, let’s not forget our furry family members, as we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. When the company comes to visit, consider how your dog or cat will adjust to the changes in the household. If you have a pet that may be nervous around strangers, or family that doesn’t regularly visit, it might be a good idea to have a quiet secluded place for your pet to retreat to. It is especially important to try to stick to your dog’s normal daily routine, as this will help keep your pet feeling comfortable and secure in his or her environment.
When putting out hors d’oeuvres, snacks, and alcoholic beverages for your company to enjoy, be certain that you place them far enough away from the edges of the table. Your dog may decide to snack or enjoy cocktails, while you are conversing with guests. If you have smaller dogs, it might be a good idea to pull the chairs from the table so the dog cannot sit upon a chair for his or her own sip of wine, better viewing of the feast, or knock items off the table with a flick of the tail.
We all know the effects of sitting down to a holiday feast. We eat more than we should, we eat things we don’t normally consume, we may consume more alcohol than we normally do, and let’s not forget that we enjoy indulging our pets with those festive foods too. Everything in moderation is the key to remembering. If you want to give your pet some turkey, or mashed potatoes, or squash, give just a dollop, in their normal feeding bowls with their own meal. This will help discourage begging at the table and will provide some added flavor to their kibble while still maintaining their dietary habits.
Turkey is good, but additional spices, stuffing, and fats can cause intestinal upsets, and may even discourage your dog from wanting his or her own kibble. Avoid giving cooked bones from the turkey or roast. They can easily splinter and cause damage to the dog’s intestines requiring life-saving surgery; certainly not the way the family should enjoy their holiday. Keep an eye on the trash barrel, be certain to secure the trash and not allow it to overflow. This is a great way for a dog to forage while you entertain your guests.
Avoid giving sweets to your pet, the sugar is not something they would ever need, and may upset their stomachs. Never give chocolate as chocolate (especially the dark and baking kind) contains Theobromine, which can cause death in a dog. It affects the central nervous system, cardiovascular system, and peripheral nerves. There is a diuretic effect as well. The symptoms seen with toxicity include hyperexcitability, hyper-irritability, increased heart rate, restlessness, increased urination, vomiting, and muscular tremors or tenseness. These signs can even lead to secondary problems like hyperthermia, and in severe cases, seizures or cardiac arrest can occur. Death can result from severe toxification, and all dogs may react differently with showing symptoms. There is no treatment for this toxic reaction, other than to support the body’s immune system. If you should suspect that your dog has ingested chocolate, call your vet immediately.
Make the best of this holiday season, enjoy the company of family and friends, and while you entertain your guests, don’t forget to include your pet. They will certainly appreciate the added attention and will help to make your season brighter!