It's not always about the luck of the Irish this St. Patrick's Day. Being prepared is a great way to avoid a trip to the vet this holiday. It's no surprise that St. Patrick's Day is full of food, alcohol, shamrocks and green. However, what's surprising is how they can be toxic to your pets. Keep your pets safe this St. Patrick's Day with these easy tips!
Keep Alcoholic Beverages Away
At first, it might seem funny to give your pet alcohol to see their reaction. However, you should NEVER give your pets alcohol. It might seem harmless prank, but alcohol is quite poisonous to pets. Believe it or not, dogs actually love the smell and flavor of alcohol. They might try and sneak a drink when you're not looking! Make sure to keep alcoholic beverages out of your pet's reach. Ingesting alcohol can cause some serious health issues and can even result in death. Symptoms of alcohol poisoning in pets include excessive drooling, vomiting, gagging, lack of coordination or stumbling and seizures. If they do consume alcohol, please consult your veterinarian immediately to evaluate toxicity risks.
Avoid These Toxic Foods
We love sharing our food with our pets! However, please be aware that the food you're eating may not be toxic to you, it might actually be toxic or unhealthy for your pets. Salty and fatty foods should be kept out of your pets reach. A little bit of salt won't really harm your pet, however depending on their size and health history, eating too much salty food in one sitting can cause sodium ion poisoning. Salt toxicity can be life threatening to dogs, cats, horses, cows and birds. Eating too much salt may result in vomiting diarrhea, kidney damage, seizures and even death.
Foods high in fat can cause bacterial overgrowth in your pet's digestive system, which often results in diarrhea and vomiting. Frequent feeding of fatty foods, like corned beef, can also cause a more serious condition called pancreatitis, a mild to severe swelling of the pancreas. Pets suffering from pancreatitis often require hospitalization, long-term medication and diet restrictions.
Shamrocks, the symbol of the St. Patrick's Day, are actually quite poisonous to pets. Make sure to keep them out of reach. They're not the tastiest plant, so your pet might avoid or just nibble on them.
You should also look out for garlic, onions, chives and leeks. They are members of the Allium plant family, which if ingested by a dog or cat in a high amount, can cause nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea and elevated heart and respiratory rate. If they do consume any of these foods, please consult your veterinarian immediately to evaluate toxicity risks.
Avoid/ Be Cautious During Parades/Celebrations
Who doesn't love a good celebration? The foods. The outfits. The people. With everything that's going on during celebrations, people often don't look where they're going which can cause someone to accidentally step or kick your furry friend. Most of the time, it's best to leave your pets at home if you're heading out. However, sometimes you just want to take them out with you. To keep them safe in crowds, make sure to use the right leash, pet carrier and pet stroller.
Our Reflective Leashes are designed with reflective strips and a shock absorbing spring to keep you and your pets safe during your walks. The shock absorbing spring helps absorb the tug. It helps relieve pressure on your dog or cat's neck as well as your arm. Even when you have a pet that tugs, the grip is extremely comfortable and gives you the utmost control!
Our pet carriers are light, spacious, and comfortable for you and your pets. Your pets will feel relaxed as they view the outside world with its large, wide and breathable mesh windows. You'll be pleased with our soft-sided pet carriers: 5-in-1, The Backpacker, Happy Camper, The Lux and so much more!
Our pet strollers are extremely lightweight and durable, making travels with your pets effortless. They provide a smooth and enjoyable experience for you and your pets. Your pets will greatly benefit from rolling around in a pet stroller, especially if your pets who are handicapped, elderly or have anxiety. Change your pets life with these pet strollers: Durable Pet Stroller, All Terrain Pet Jogger, Newport Pet Stroller, Breeze Pet Jogger, Glacier Pet Stroller and so much more!
If children will be attending make sure your pet is respected and put them in a safe, place if needed. Make sure if you're leaving the house that your pets ID tag is with them and updated.
Dress Up with Caution
It's always fun to see pets dress up. However, if you decide to dress up your pet, you should never leave them unattended in a costume, especially one with a chin strap or necklace. Avoid spraying or dyeing their fur, unless you know it's completely non-toxic for them. Make sure that their costumes don't interrupt or disturb their vision, walking or hearing.
These are just some of the ways to keep your pet safe during these festive times! Be sure to watch over your pet and have fun! Let us know below how you celebrate St. Patrick's Day with your pet!
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