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Have A Happy Holiday With Your Cats By Keeping These Harmful Foods Away From Them

Many people enjoy the holidays because of the variety of foods they get to enjoy. In a house with cats, where begging for food is the norm, it’s tempting to give your cats a little taste of whatever it is that you’re cooking. A number of foods that you enjoy are harmful to your cats. Learn which foods to never give your cats. But keep the number of your animal hospital handy in the case of an accidental food theft off of your kitchen counter.

Raw Bread Dough

You left a tray of homemade rolls on the counter to rise and notice that one is missing from the tray. Look at your cat to see if they are having trouble breathing or are staggering across the floor as they walk. Bread dough is dangerous for your cat for two reasons:

  • The yeasty dough will continue to rise in the warm, moist environment of the cat’s stomach. As it rises, it puts pressure on the stomach walls, which then push against the lungs. The cat will struggle to breath as they gulp for air.
  • The yeast in the dough changes the sugar into alcohol. The cat’s stomach absorbs the alcohol and they become intoxicated. Signs of drunkenness from your cat may prove that they were the roll thief.

A trip to the animal hospital is called for in this case. They may decompress the stomach so the cat can breath easier and monitor them as they sober up.

Garlic and Onions

Some of your favorite dishes to prepare for entertaining during the holidays may contain these two seasonings. While exposure to raw onions and garlic will do little to your cat, concentrated forms, such as dehydrated onions and garlic powder, can be dangerous. These foods contain a toxin that, in high amounts, damage the red blood cells of your cat. The toxin is not destroyed during cooking.

The damage to your cat is that the red blood cells will not develop correctly. They lose their ability to carry oxygen to the cat’s body. Anemia is the result and your cat may begin to seem weak and inactive. Their gums may become pale and their urine could become colored orange or dark red. The symptoms don’t appear until a few days after the cat eats the food with onion or garlic. If you spot these symptoms, take your cat to the vet immediately. Your cat may need a blood transfusion if the damage to the red blood cells is extensive.

Chocolate

A favorite item in candy and baked goods found during the holidays, chocolate can be deadly to your cat. The harmful toxins to your cat in chocolate are caffeine and theobromine. Dark chocolate has more of these chemicals than light, and white chocolate has very little. These substances affect the cat’s heart and nervous system.

Symptoms may appear in a few hours and can include irregular heart rhythm, vomiting, restlessness, muscle tremors, increased temperature, seizures and even death. If you suspect that your cat has eaten chocolate, contact your veterinarian immediately. Depending on the age and weight of your cat, they may have you bring them in for observation. Your vet may try to get your cat to evacuate its stomach, give your cat activated charcoal to prevent the cat from absorbing more of the toxins, and monitor its heart.

Watch your cat during the holidays and keep them away from any food meant for people. They will continue to beg for a taste, but you’ll have a more pleasant, drama-free holiday if you resist the temptation to share your food with them.

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Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

How To Deal With The Pet Peeves Of Owning A Dog

Owning a dog is exciting and can certainly lead to many rewarding moments, but for many pet owners, there is a risk of getting stressed (and angry) when problems arise that they’re unsure of how to deal with. While medical issues may be easy to take away with a simple pill prescribed from the veterinarian, other behavioral problems or training issues may not be as easily resolved. Additionally, keeping your dog safe from potential risks both inside and outside of your home is a high priority, but can be a huge task if your canine has tendencies to dart into the road or chew electrical wires when you’re not looking. Continue reading to learn more about how to deal with the pet peeves of owning a dog:

Avoiding the Shocking Results of Chewing Power Cords

Unfortunately, it seems that many puppies and young dogs gravitate towards electrical power cords, their chomping jaws eager for an object to chew on while not realizing they are putting themselves in peril in the process. Since the dog won’t realize what’s wrong with chewing the cord until it’s too late and you end up with emergency veterinarian services, it’s important to solve this issue before it even begins.

Some manufacturers have offered a solution to the problem by creating sprays with a bitter taste that can be applied directly to the cords. When your dog opens his mouth to start chewing, he’ll immediately taste the bitterness of the spray you’ve left there– and he’ll move on to better (and less shocking) things to fill his time.

Running into the Danger of a Busy Road

When taking your dog outside, one of the biggest risks to the health of your dog may lie not on your property, but on the nearby road. If your dog likes to chase cars, you may find yourself with an immediate safety problem as soon as you set foot outside. Since chasing after cars on a busy road can easily become a bad (and deadly) habit for a dog, train your dog as soon as possible to avoid the danger of the road.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals suggests several ways to redirect your dog’s attention to keep them away from traffic:

  • Redirect your dog toward something more interesting than what is happening on the road. You know your dog better than anyone else, so if your dog’s first inclination is to dart right for the road, this probably isn’t the best option.
  • While you might want to allow your dog to run free throughout your property, the risk isn’t worth the chance for a dog who has already developed a habit of chasing cars. Keep your dog on a leash (a running leash that still allows navigation of the yard works great) until he is able to prove he can be safe outdoors. If the problem persists, consider talking to a pet behavioral specialist.

If your dog gets injured and requires medical attention, contact Armory Dog & Cat Hospital or a similar location.

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