Holiday Hazards

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Ask the Vet: Holiday Hazards | 假日危機

Q&A with Dr Pauline Taylor, BVM&S MACVSc

DR. PAULINE SAYS:

At holiday and festival times there are many goodies around that can cause hazards for our pets. Most visits to emergency veterinary treatment clinics are caused by things dogs or cats eat.

Holiday goodies include many foods with a high fat content. These are wonderful for causing upset tummies. Raisins, grapes and onions are toxic to our small pets leading to blood abnormalities and renal failure.

Sweet items that contain artificial sweeteners can be toxic and chocolate leads to seizures and heart problems.

Flowers and plants are also dangerous to our pets. Lilies, all parts of them, are FATAL to cats causing renal failure, mistletoe causes diarrhoea and the ever present poinsettia in abundance around us at present can cause mild irritation to lips and mucous membranes in addition to gastroenteritis.

Anxious animals perhaps upset by the “going-ons” around them may turn to objects to chew to release their stress. A form of displacement behavior. These can include cables and cords belonging to festive lights or lanterns, paper, candles and coming up to CNY even Lai See packets! The problem with the laisee packets is that you also loose the contents of the laisee into your pet’s digestive system so be extra careful with them.

When strangers come around, and in particular if your dog or cat isn’t used to visitors, it is a good idea to shut your pet out the way in a safe room or cage/basket. They will be much happier and you can relax too.

And remember as the weather gets colder our pets feel the difference in temperature too. They can get hypothermia so they need warm shelters at all times and fresh clean water every day. Finally be sensible letting pets access other potential poisons, cleaning detergents and miscellaneous chemicals you may use. The classic one, uncommon I’m pleased to say in HK, is anti-freeze which attracts animals to lick it leading once again to renal failure.

Hopefully if you keep these hazards in mind and away from your pets you will all have a great holiday season.

節日和假期的時候我們身邊有大量對寵物造成危害的節慶美食和過節物品。大部分被送到獸醫診所的急症都是由貓狗所吃的東西所引起。

佳節美當中,有不少高脂肪含量很容易引起腸胃不適提子乾、提子和洋蔥都是對小動物而言有毒的引致血液異常和腎衰

含有人造甜味劑食同樣是有毒的。巧克力亦會導致癲癇發作與心臟問題

花和植物對寵物來說亦是十分危險的。百合花的所有部分對貓來說都致命的,可引腎衰竭而槲寄生導致腹瀉聖誕節時大量的聖誕花除了使嘴唇黏膜輕微過敏更會引致腸胃

精神緊張的動物有可能嚼咬附近的物品釋放因身發生的凝聚的壓力,這是一種轉移行為表現。牠們有可能會咬的物品包括有節日燈飾燈籠等電線、蠟燭不久後的農歷新年時,更有可能利是。利是的危險性在於它的內容物同時進入到你的寵物的消化系統,所以對利是要多加小心。

當有陌生人來訪時,如果你的狗或貓並不習慣訪客的到訪你可以將你的寵物安置在一個安全的房間,或者籠子、籃子面,對牠們而言,這樣會更有安全而你也比較放心

隨着天氣轉冷請謹記寵物也能感受到天氣的轉有可能引致低溫症,所牠們無時無刻都需要溫暖的地方和乾淨的清水最後,亦要留心你的寵物有可能接觸到的毒物清潔劑任何你有機會用到的化學物。其中一種典型需要防的化學物防凍劑它會吸引動物去並引致腎衰竭這種防凍劑在香港並不常見。

祝願大家渡過快樂假期的同時,能以上提到的可能到寵物事物過一個開心及安全的節日

 

 



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