Top 5 Reasons for a Christmas Vet Visit

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Nothing can ruin your holidays like an emergency room visit, yet this can be one of the busiest times of the year for veterinary clinics. Take preventive measures to p rotect your pets this holiday season and be aware of these top five most common holiday emergencies:

1. Holiday and Ornaments Tinsel

While not toxic, this is very attractive to pets, particularly cats. The shiny, dangling decoration reflects light and can move in the slightest draft — appearing to come alive to watchful critters. The problem with tinsel is that once it’s consumed, it can cause serious injury to your pet. If not caught in time, this foreign body ingestion could actually be fatal as it twists and bunches inside your pet’s intestines. Immediate veterinary care is required. In addition, bright and colorful tree ornaments can attract your pet’s curiosity. Place glass, aluminum and paper ornaments higher up on the tree as these objects in particular are choking and chewing hazards. Broken pieces form sharp edges that may lacerate your pet’s mouth, throat and intestines. Read the rest of this entry »