We all love the holiday season, it’s filled with joy, family and friends. We wrap presents, bake cookies, and watch iconic movies while flames dance in the fireplace. We wear our ugly Christmas sweaters, while sipping on glasses of eggnog. I could keep writing down images that stir the holiday spirit, but this article is not about the joy of Christmas, but rather a dire warning about the dangers the season poses to your family dogs.
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We at Digital Doggy are all for enjoying the holiday season; throw a party, visit family, or volunteer for a cause that’s close to your heart. But also remember that your furry four-legged family members need to be watched even closer during the holiday season. There are so many dangers lying in plain sight that could cause harm to your beloved family dog. Make sure not to overlook the following dangers.
It’s the holidays and yes alcohol will flow, its just going to happen. Make sure that you and your guests are aware where they place their cocktails. Drinks such as eggnog will mask the taste of alcohol and your dog will not hesitate to drink it up. Also, beware of human treats such as rum cake and similar baked goods, although the amount of alcohol in these products may not have an impact on humans, they could easily kill a small dog and make a large dog very sick. While we are on the topic of baked goods, also beware of unbaked bread dough. According to veterinarian Dr. Lee, “Once ingested the stomach acts as an artificial oven that basically metabolizes the yeast [from the unbaked dough] into ethanol and carbon dioxide. This can then cause the animal to bloat from the excess carbon dioxide and suffer from alcohol poisoning from the ethanol.”
And beware of the dreaded fruit cake! It’s not the holidays without a friend or family member bringing a fruit cake to the festivities. Depending on how the fruit cake is prepared it could hold a number of dangerous substances that could make your pooch very sick. Some fruit cakes contain fruits such as raisins and grapes, both of those will get you a holiday trip to the animal hospital. So make sure that dreaded fruit cake is stored in a place your dogs can’t reach.
We know its a tradition, two people under the mistletoe must perform a holiday kiss. Its cute, its tradition, and the little plant could cause havoc on a dog’s digestive system. So make sure it’s firmly secured and not left were your dog may find it.
And finally, keep an eye on all your chocolate treats. Researchers have proven that during the holiday season it’s five times more likely that a dog will ingest chocolate, FIVE TIMES! And chocolate poisoning can and will lead to canine deaths. Just so you understand, Chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine, which is derived from the cocoa bean. Now, humans have no issue metabolizing this substance, but unfortunately our canine friends do not have the ability to properly breakdown theobromine. Once the substance gets into their system it can result in seizures, increased heart rate, and explosive vomiting leading to extreme dehydration. So once again keep a close eye on the stash of holiday chocolate and make sure to keep it away from the family dogs.
Digital Doggy wishes you and yours(especially your dogs) a safe and happy holidays!