Seasonal dangers for your pets

Web Lead

A winter coat for our furry friend.

Holiday treats for humans are often dangerous for your pets. Turkey and ham drippings, mixed with seasonings, are likely to upset pets’ digestive systems. Meat leftovers are too rich for animals who are used to a dry food diet. Consumption of human food can also lead to begging, an aggravating habit which is hard to break.

Bones, especially from poultry, are dangerous because they splinter easily. Each year, thousands of pets are treated for consumption of splintered bones, causing pain and sometimes death.

Candy, especially chocolate, is often fatal to pets, particularly cats, if consumed in large quantities. Wrapping paper, ribbon and confetti can wreak havoc on animal digestive systems.

Decorations are also lethal. Angelhair (spun glass) can cause irritation of the eyes, skin and gastrointestinal tract. Tinsel, when ingested, can mean a visit to emergency. Artificial snow has toxicity if inhaled. Hang ornaments with string or ribbon, not metal hooks, which can be accidentally ingested by animals while playing with brightly colored balls.

Resist the temptation to tie ribbons around pets’ necks for Christmas. These can tighten and choke the animals, or can be chewed off and swallowed.

Seasonal plants, like Pointsettias, are poisonous to pets, if chewed and swallowed. New Years brings more hazards, like noisemakers, which alarm animals, and may make them bolt out an open door or window.

Don’t give pets as gifts! Bringing a new animal into your home at such a busy time can cause stress for the animal and children. Give a certificate to a shelter to go choose a pet in the new year.

When walking dogs in winter, keep them close or on leash, because ice and snow cause them to lose their scent and they can become lost. If the dog has short hair, protect them with a coat which covers their back and belly. Wipe off the dog’s feet and stomach when they come in. Salt and other chemicals could make your pet sick if licked off and swallowed. Paws and pads are sensitive and may bleed from sharp ice crystals.

Feed dogs well to keep their fur thick and healthy if they are spending lots of time outdoors. Make sure outdoor dogs have a safe, warm and dry place to sleep. Older dogs suffer from arthritis, like people do, and feel the weather more as they age.

Don’t leave pets in a cold car, which acts like a refrigerator, and is just as dangerous as leaving them in a hot car in summer. Leave them home, or take them with you on your activities.

Keep cats indoors. Outside cats can become lost or injured, or suffer frozen ears and feet, and starve to death.

Contact PAWS at 250-428-7297,



Just Posted

New Glade ferry enters testing phase

The Glade II will be able to carry heavier loads and will emit less greenhouse gases.

They support us, let’s support them

Local businesses support our local economy, but they need us as much as we need them.

Genelle ‘vehicle incident’ under RCMP investigation

Regional firefighters respond to car fire Sunday night

Nelson commits to 100% renewables by 2050

This makes Nelson the sixth city in Canada to join the worldwide initiative

Health Canada consumer alert

Flintstones Plus Iron multivitamins for children: One bottle found to contain unidentified capsules instead of chewable tablets

B.C. cougar kitten rescued after mother struck by vehicle

Conservation Officers find home for young kitten found dehydrated and frostbitten near Williams Lake

World’s fastest log car made in B.C. sells for $350,000 US

Cedar Rocket auctioned off three times at Barrett-Jackson Co., netting $350,000 US for veterans

Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump’s one-year festivities

Trump spends day trying to hash out a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

RCMP nail sex toy thief

Shop owner plays a role in arrest

Ice-cream-eating bear draws controversy

An Alberta Wildlife Park posted a video this week of one of their bears going through a Dairy Queen drive-through

Fernie, RCMP go to court over city log books in fatal ammonia leak probe

Log books center stage in clashing of investigations between the city and RCMP

B.C.’s biggest pot plant planned for Oliver

Co-founder Tony Holler said the 700,000 sq. ft. facility would produce 100,000 kg of pot per year

High-end whisky seized in B.C. bar raids

Raids end in seizures at Victoria, Nanaimo and Vancouver whisky joints

Train derails in Northwest B.C.

CN reports no injuries or dangerous goods involved after coal train derailment.

Most Read