With the end of the year season comes gatherings with loved ones, celebrations and typical Christmas dinners, dishes that can put the health of pets at risk if not careful. Reason? Most of the ingredients they contain are not good for animals.
Carlos Cifuentes, veterinarian Pet Food Institute, points out that pet owners should be careful in December due to increased risk situations. “We know that meals are often prepared with a wide variety of ingredients during this time, some of which can be toxic to dogs and cats, putting their health and in many cases their lives at risk,” he says.
There are nine ingredients in total that may not be suitable for them: chocolate, sweets in general, spirits, grapes, zucchini, onions, garlic, nuts, and bones.
To avoid any health problems, it is important to avoid giving them bites of preparations containing these foods.
Other maintenance in December
In addition to food, you should also be very wary of other situations that could be harmful to pets at this time, such as when they can suffer from intestinal blockages or worse, eat Christmas lights or decorations. electrical slammed.
There is also a good group of ornamental plants that you should pay special attention to and keep on hand:
– Easter flower, poinsettia or Christmas flower: vomiting, diarrhea, stomach and intestinal inflammation, conjunctivitis, corneal ulcer, allergy, skin inflammation and abundant salivation.
– lilies: affects the functioning of the heart, produces vomiting, diarrhea and neurological symptoms such as weakness or seizures.
– White mistletoe or (Viscum album): Causes stomach and intestinal inflammation, vomiting, diarrhea, severe dehydration and neurological depression.
– Holly or red mistletoe (Ilex aquifolium): Causes stomach and intestinal inflammation, vomiting, diarrhea and gastroenteritis.
Fireworks are another frequent activity during the festivities and cause fear in both cats and dogs due to the noise they make. To help them, it is recommended to keep them in quiet places, avoid going outside, play relaxing music, practice yoga for pets, aromatherapy, flower essences and homeopathy.
You can also use the Tellington Ttouch method, which consists of strategically wrapping certain parts of the dog or cat’s body. This is accompanied by a series of circular finger taps to make the animal feel protected and relaxed. This app is already popular and you can easily get tutorials on the internet to do it properly.
Likewise, there is the possibility of using some type of medication to help them calm down, but it is important to consult a veterinarian before applying any product.
Another suggestion is to identify pets with a chip or tag containing their contact information and name, so this information helps them get home if they escape.
Finally, if the owner is currently planning a trip without a pet, it’s important to leave him in a safe place with someone he trusts and is familiar with care, routines, food and medications. If everyone is traveling, be sure to bring enough food from the same brand, a water supply to keep it hydrated, and prevent heatstroke by checking it’s fresh.
For more information on pet care, visit: www.pficolombia.com.co
*Content created with the support of Pet Food Institute.
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