How to keep your pets safe this holiday season

SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – The holidays can be stressful for everyone, and that includes your pets. But going to the doctor is not how you want to spend your vacation.

From jewelry and leashes to food, it’s important to be aware of what your pet is not accustomed to eating, and how they pose risks.

While guests may have good intentions when feeding your pet leftovers from their plate, it can be deadly.

“Many of these sugar-free treats that are coming out now are artificially sweetened with a product called xylitol, which is toxic to dogs and cats,” said Dr. Glenn Adcock, owner of Pine Street Animal Hospital. ” “It actually changes the way their cells absorb glucose in the blood and it causes these animals to become hypoglycemic and put them in crisis and die if not treated in time.” It’s done.”

Other foods such as ham or prime rib, which are high in fat and difficult for animals to digest, are also dangerous. But pet owners like Acadia Kent said she worries about more than just food during this time of year.

“If other people have dogs and stuff, making sure they have all the flea protection in place, especially because my dog ​​is very allergic to fleas, so it’s very important,” Kent said. Making sure they’re protected from that,” Kent said.

While you may be diligent about your pet’s care, others may not. It’s important to take care of your pet’s environment, especially when a new upper respiratory disease is sweeping the country.

“Make sure they’re vaccinated and try to limit exposure, especially if there’s any sign of an upper respiratory tract infection in the area you’re taking your dog to,” said Dr. Adcock. Do not socialize these animals with other dogs.”

Just like humans, even if your pet is fully vaccinated, they can still get sick. Symptoms such as loss of appetite, vomiting or diarrhea should be a red flag to any pet owner to take them to the vet immediately.

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