Protect Your Pet From Seasonal Hazards

Learn More About Seasonal Hazards For Pets

Seasonal changes and holidays bring many hazards for pets. To ensure that both you and your companion enjoy these periods of transition each year, it is important that you know what hazards to be aware of, as well as basic precautions to take to prevent your pet from being placed in harms way.

Chemicals

Changing temperatures and seasons often require the use of varied chemicals and household agents that can be toxic to your pet. Whether it’s lawn care products in summer or de-icing agents in winter, knowing what can harm your pets is the first step in protecting them. Here’s a list of some of the most hazardous chemicals to pets:

Chemicals that are harmful to pets

  • Antifreeze
  • Gopher or ground squirrel bait
  • Insecticides
  • Fertilizers
  • Mouse and rat poisons
  • Ant and roach baits
  • Paints
  • Fuels
  • Ice-melting salts (these can cause serious burning of your dog’s footpads)

Foods

Scraps from meal tables and garbage are a pet’s playground, especially during the holidays. Exposure to any of the foods listed below could cause your pet serious health problems ranging from vomiting and gastroenteritis to even death.

Foods that are harmful to your pet

  • Chocolate
  • Raisins and grapes
  • Bones
  • Caffeine
  • Coffee
  • Avocado
  • Salt
  • Greasy or oily foods
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Chives
  • Corn on the cob
  • Xylitol (artificial sweetener commonly found in sugarless gum or candy)

Protect your companion by resisting the urge to give him or her table scraps or leaving trash unattended.

Decorations

While holiday decorations definitely offer a festive mood, their attractive appearance and inviting smells can lure your pet into some serious health troubles. When decorating your home, be mindful of your pet and steer clear of the following items:

Decorations that are dangerous to your pet

  • Bitter apple
  • Poinsettias
  • Tinsel
  • Aluminum foil
  • Ribbons
  • Glass decorations
  • Liquid potpourri
  • Pine needles
  • Candles
  • Hooks and wires from decorations

PetMD.com offers a list of the Top Ten Holiday Decorations to Avoid.

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