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Safe Holidays to You

Have you ever noticed how much trouble pets (and kids) can get into when you are not paying attention to them?

It’s pretty amazing how they jump into action the instant your focus is elsewhere.

During holiday season our focus is often elsewhere. To prevent a time consuming and expensive visit to the veterinary ER, we urge you to do the Ounce of Prevention routine.

Please take this list both seriously and with intelligence. Not all pets are equally susceptible (what can flatten a Chihuahua, a Newfoundland may not even notice) but you don’t want to find out the hard way.

Cookies & candy - chocolate can cause agitation, vomiting, diarrhea, increased heart rate, tremors and seizures.

Holiday decorations - Tinsel, ribbon, ornament hooks can cut up a digestive tract or cause blockage.

Alcohol - same symptoms as humans who get extremely drunk only more pitiful.

Artificial sweeteners - Xylitol in sugarless gum and confections can cause vomiting, lethargy, loss of coordination, seizures and liver failure.

Holiday plants - Holly, mistletoe and poinsettias may cause irritation, vomiting, diarrhea and heart arrhythmia.

Macadamia nuts and walnuts - these two nuts can cause severe lethargy, increases body temperature, vomiting, tremors, joint stiffness and lead to inability to walk.

Lights and candles - If your pet can reach them, they may be a fire hazard if knocked over.

Grapes, Raisins, Avocados, Onions and Garlic - Can cause lethargy, lack of appetite and vomiting.

Fatty trimming and bones - If it is not good for you to eat, it is not good for your pet either. Fat can cause upset tummies and eventually, obesity and pancreatitis.

You should know but not need this info: If you are a Brooklynite and you don’t have this free magnet, contact and we will send you one. Our gift.

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