'Tis the Season!


Hey there RCCAH fam! Christmas is right around the corner, which means that the decor has long made its debut. It's important to recognize some of the safety hazards that these lovely features expose our furry family members to. Check out this short article from Preventative Vet below!


The 12 Days of Christmas: Pet Hazards Series


1st Day of Christmas — Tinsel: Very common cause of digestive obstruction this time of year, especially in cats. Should be kept out of homes with cats. Not worth the risk. Read more.



2nd Day of Christmas — Fruitcake: Between the yeast used in the cooking, the raisins and currants commonly included, and the alcohol that’s sometimes involved (either in cooking or in drinking to stomach the taste), these “gifts” can prove quite dangerous for your cats and dogs. Read more.


3rd Day of ChristmasMistletoe: Ingestion of small quantities can lead to excessive drooling and digestive upset, while larger quantities can lead to heart rate and rhythm problems (arrhythmias) or neurologic issues. Hang it high and remove the berries to improve safety. Read more.



4th Day of ChristmasBatteries: Batteries are everywhere at Christmas time - from the presents to people’s keychains and cell phones, and much more. While alkaline batteries can cause burns (if chewed) and obstruction even if swallowed whole, it’s the smaller “button” or “disc” type batteries that easily cause more severe, more-likely-to-be-fatal burns in a cat’s or dog’s esophagus. Read more.

lilies-pet-hazard-summary5th Day of Christmas — Lilies: Though lilies are primarily a very significant concern for cats, this is a hazard that everybody should be aware of and cautious with. After all, it’s not just cat owners who are likely to bring or send you flowers at the holidays. True lilies cause kidney failure in cats — and it’s not just the flower, but also its the pollen and the vase water that are dangerous. Read more.

6th Day of ChristmasOrnaments: Broken glass, swallowed ornaments, and the ornament “hangers” can all wreak havoc for a cat or dog’s digestive tract. And the broken glass isn’t fun for their delicate paws, either. Read more.


7th Day of ChristmasLight Strands: Positively shocking! Not only can a pet’s bite into a stand of lights cause an uncomfortable burn in their mouth, it can also cause seizures and a dangerous build-up of fluid in their lungs. And, as if that wouldn’t be bad enough, such bites have also lead to house fires. Read more.

8th Day of ChristmasChocolate: Sure, you’ve heard of the dangers of chocolate for dogs and cats, but do you know which types of chocolate are the worst? Have you thought of all the ways in which chocolate makes it into your home this time of year? There’s likely still plenty you’re not yet aware of regarding the dangers that chocolate poses to your pets. Read more.

9th Day of ChristmasWrapping Bows & Ribbons: Like tinsel, wrapping bows and ribbons are a very common and dangerous cause of digestive obstruction in pets this time of year. Given their innate curiosity, cats are typically at higher risk, but plenty a dog has had this unfortunate experience, too. Be sure to properly and promptly dispose of all wrapping. Read more.

10th Day of ChristmasLiquid Potpourri: The detergents in most liquid potpourri can cause significant digestive or breathing problems for the pet unfortunate enough to lick any of it up. And you also need to be careful with the candles that are usually used to warm these liquids. Read more.


11th Day of ChristmasCyclamen: Commonly sold at grocery stores and garden centers, these beautiful plants can cause excessive drooling, digestive upset, and heart problems for pets that decide to take a taste. See… far more dangerous than singing hipsters on bikes. No? Read more.



12th Day of Christmas —  Houseguests: Because of all the things they bring into your home at the holidays, houseguests earn the distinction of being the 12th Day of Christmas pet hazard. You can lessen the danger by ensuring that people hang all their coats and purses well out of reach of the pets, keep their bedroom and bathroom doors closed, and asking them not to feed your pets anything from the table (or anything in general). All easier to do, and less awkward, than asking them to pay the bill at the Animal ER when they don’t. Right?

Remember, we're always just a phone call away should you ever need medical advice! Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas from the RCCAH staff.

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Dr. Jason Nicholas, 12 Days of Christmas: Pet Hazards Series, Dec. 17th 2016, https://www.preventivevet.com/dogs/the-12-days-of-christmas-pet-hazards-series