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Holiday Mischief                     

The holiday season is the time of year when our toxicity barometer rises due to the increased opportunities for our beloved companions to find those extra special ways to get into mischief.   We wanted to share with you some of the toxicities that we see more often this time of year.  Treatment options are too many to discuss here, so consult your favorite reference, the ASCPA Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-4ANI-HELP, or give us a call and we will assist anyway we can.

The BIG 5:  Most Common Holiday Emergencies:


2)Ethylene Glycol

3)Anticoagulant rodenticides

4)GI foreign body or obstruction (especially tinsel from the tree, kitchen scraps, bones, and toys)

5)Dietary indiscretions which vary in outcome from diarrhea to severe pancreatitis

But did you ever see one of these? 

Here we list a few more holiday dangers that you may want to look out for.  You may be surprised that some of these can be serious threats to animals.

1)Holiday plants - mistletoe, poinsettias, holly, lilies

2)Christmas tree toxicity – tree “extenders”, fertilizers, pine needles, ornaments

3)From the kitchen: turkey (is not really toxic, but can cause GI problems), bread dough, saran wrap and tin foil, onions, and coffee grounds.

4)Grapes and Raisins


6)Batteries – punctured or swallowed

7)Liquid potpourri

8)Nicotine in cigarettes, gum, or patches

9)Electric cords                                                       

For your clients, an expanded printable version of “Holiday Mischief”

can be found at www.AnimalER.net