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Merry Christmas! and Beware Christmastime Toxins The holidays are a joyous occasion, and often people include pets in festivities. The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) has seen too many cases of pet poisoning related to the holidays. To keep your pet safe, Riverside Veterinary Clinic, suggests keeping an eye on the following: Lethal food combinations Maintaining a pet on their normal food is always a good idea. Some foods, such as chocolate, may be poisonous to the pet. Feeding scraps may encourage inappropriate behavior such as begging. Changes in diet, such as table scraps can cause diarrhea or vomiting and thus make a holiday celebration less pleasant for all concerned. 1. CHOCOLATE contains theobromine and caffeine, both of which can be toxic to pets; vomiting, diarrhea, heart problems and death can occur if ingested. If your pet should get into chocolates, please call your veterinarian or a veterinary emergency hospital as soon as possible. Be prepared to tell them what your pet weighs, and how much of what type of chocolate the pet ingested. Baking chocolates and dark chocolates are more dangerous than white chocolate. Some pets can ingest a small amount of chocolate and be fine, other pets may develop vomiting, diarrhea, nervousness, hyperactivity, bloat and possibly death. Chocolates of any kind should not be given to pets. This includes things like chocolate chip cookies, chocolate covered peppermint patties, and other holiday foods and treats. 2. CAFFEINE is found in many soft drinks and special holiday drinks, such as sweetened chocolate or coffee. These should not be given to pets. 3. FRUIT CAKES may contain rum or other alcohol. Alcohol poisoning is very dangerous to pets, causing a drop in body temperature, blood sugar and blood pressure. Rising bread dough can cause obstruction if ingested. The yeast can also result in alcohol poisoning in pets. Please keep bread dough, fruit cakes, rum raisin cookies and holiday treats of this sort well out of reach of pets. Reminding guests to refrain from sharing human food with your pets is always acceptable. 4. XYLITOL is a common ingredient in candy and gum, and other sugarless treats may contain xylitol. Xylitol is extremely toxic to pets, causing liver failure and frequently death. Food products used in ornaments: Homemade ornaments, especially those made of play dough-type material or other salt-based products or food, can be extremely toxic to pets. The salt or play dough ornaments appeal to pets as a tasty treat because of the salt. However, an ingestion of a salt-based ornament can cause an animal's death. Animals ingesting these types of ornaments need to be treated by a veterinarian for salt poisoning. Pets do not often take a bite out of glass ornaments but it has been known to occur. Pets can step on and break glass ornaments as well. Cuts to the mouth or pads of the foot may be painful and need a veterinarian's attention to remove the glass and close the wound depending upon the severity of the cut. Holiday Hazards: Candles should not be placed where a pet could knock them over. Remember, cats often jump up and knock items off of a shelf or mantle, especially if it is in a location they are accustomed to occupying. A dancing flame can be interesting to felines who have been known to swipe at the flame. Burns may occur but fires may be a bigger danger in the home. Plants: Poinsettia plants and Christmas cactus are often considered the must-have Christmas plants of the season and can cause adverse reactions in pets. Animals that ingest these plants may experience gastric distress, such as vomiting and diarrhea. Generally this is self-limiting. The pet will often overcome this irritation within 24-48 hours. Provide small amounts of water but offer no food until the vomiting has stopped; this may help settle the stomach. It is always wise to consult your veterinarian anytime your pet has an upset stomach. Tinsel decorating a Christmas tree or wreath is shiny, lightweight and moves very easily, enticing playful cats. Ingested tinsel can lodge or anchor in the stomach, inhibiting passage through the intestines. It can also wrap around the base of the tongue and cause serious injury and impede the ability to eat or drink. Tinsel can actually cut tissue as the intestines contract. Yarn can behave in a similar fashion. Both tinsel and yarn represent special hazards to felines. Holiday Perfumes: Holidays are often filled with guests and the desire to perfume the home. Liquid potpourris may be the choice for the perfume but can contain essential oils and cationic detergents which if consumed can cause chemical burns to the mouth, difficulty breathing, tremors and fever. Dogs may be affected but are not quite as sensitive to these chemicals as cats. Potpourris, whether liquid or dry, should be kept well out of the reach of pets. Watch for any signs of distress or changes in your pet's behavior during this holiday season. An owner's awareness of possibly harmful decorations and foods is the most effective way to reduce pet toxicity over the holiday.
So I have received a message from Facebook that our post about Ebola has violated their policy. My Apolpgies for whatever they think is offensive. It is meant for information only. I guess I will spend the rest of the day reading their fine print.
**In response to the major networks reporting on Ebola and your pets** I find myself composing this article in response to what I would, at best call “misleading”, and at worst call “frenzied”, television commentating regarding Ebola Virus and our pets. I was quite disappointed to find that even the major networks are getting their facts wrong. Let me dispel some mythology circulating about this topic, and insert some hard facts and data. 1. There has NEVER, in the history of mankind, been ANY confirmed reports of the transfer of Ebola from canine to human. ( or any other domestic animal, for that matter ) 2. The reports of dogs that were reported to be sick from Ebola virus in the Liberia, western African region where this disease is endemic, is untrue. NONE of these animals were ever confirmed to have been positive for Ebola Virus, and it is much more likely that these dogs died from routine Parvovirus, which runs rampant in that undeveloped country. 3. You yourself come into contact daily with many viruses that your own immune system routinely kills off. Many of these viruses, while potentially lethal to some species of animals, are not contagious to humans. One example is Coronavirus in cats. Many cats will become ill for Coronavirus, some can even die. If we were to test the owner of that pet for the same disease, they too would likely test positive. But since the disease is not infectious to humans, we can neither contract, nor can we be contagious ( i.e…..give the disease) to our pets. As “dead-end” hosts, the disease neither expresses itself as a disease, nor does it replicate itself, keeping us from shedding it to other species. This is one of the fallacies of DNA probe tests, known as “PCR” tests. They detect the smallest amounts of ANY virus, and it will tell you if it’s present, period. It does not mean that it is, was, or ever could be a pathogen in the patient that it was tested from. Lastly, on average, 36,000 people die each year in the US from routine cases of Influenza. 3 people, none of which originally from the US, has died from Ebola Virus. Want to decrease your risk of dying from Ebola this calendar year in the US ? Go get a Flu vaccine, and then go home and hug your pet !!! Doug N. Posey, DVM
For Your Information: Health authorities in San Patricio County are warning the public to be on the lookout for rabid skunks. Dr. James Mobley with the health department says two rabid skunks have been found in Mathis. Officials urge residents to make sure their pets are up to date with the rabies vaccine. Jeremy Landers 3News Assignments Editor
Zeuters – Is it a good idea ? There has been quite a bit of dialogue recently regarding the use of chemical sterilization, namely a product called “Zeuterin”. This involves an injection directly into the testicle, with the desire affect being chemically sterilized without the need for surgery. Chemical sterilization is a procedure that has been tried unsuccessfully many times in the past. While this newer method may be a suitable alternative for shelter situations, where money is always stretched to the limit, it is not, in my opinion, a satisfactory alternative to routine neuter procedures. Chief among the issues is the fairly high complication rate seen associated with this procedure. On the package insert accompanying the product, complication rates much higher than normal exist, when compared to most other drugs and their associated package inserts. One of the arguments for this procedure is that one’s pet doesn’t have to go through the pain of a surgical procedure. In today’s veterinary clinics, a neuter procedure carries little more pain post-operatively than a minor laceration repair. Contrast this with “Pain” being listed as the most common occurrence with the use of chemical sterilization. As well, neither procedure will alter a pet’s unique character or mannerism. In fact, unlike routine neutering, chemical sterilization only decreases the pet’s total testosterone level by 50 %. So while they may not be able to successfully breed, undesirable behaviors such as urine marking, digging out when your pet senses a female in heat, fighting for dominance with other dogs, and other behaviors commonly eliminated through routine neutering, are still likely going to occur after the chemical sterilization procedure. This is routinely eliminated with routine surgical neutering. Personally, I have seen a number of referral emergency cases involving animals that were injected with chemical sterilization that went on to self-mutilate themselves to the point of requiring extensive surgical repair, presumably related to pain at the injection site. I have also witnessed occasional infections after injection of this product. In one case, I had a client whose pet was injected, and 60 days later was still able to successfully breed another of the owners’ female pets. The package insert even states that it takes 30 days or more for this product to be effective at successful sterilization. The very fact that it is rare to find any veterinarian that uses this product should tell you how the veterinary profession views the utility of this product. There are many preventive health reasons to have neutering performed, that are not protected against with the use of chemical sterilization. Routine neutering greatly reduces the risk of the development of perianal hernia’s, benign prostatic enlargement, and surgical removal of the testicles prevents the possibility of testicular tumor formation. Given all that is listed above, it is not, at this point, a viable alternative in my opinion.
FYI: we will be closed on. July 4 th and 5 th for the Holiday. We will be back on Monday! Have a safe holiday! Many blessings to you!