There are a lot of goodies around during the holidays and temptations run high for both people and their pets. Nebraska Humane Society spokesperson Pam Wiese says kitchens are busy places with baking cookies and preparing holiday meals. She reminds pet owners that some foods are very dangerous for dogs and cats. Those foods include dark or baking chocolate, cocoa, onions, raisins and grapes. Wiese says they can cause a toxic reaction that can result in death.
The Humane Society also warns not to put wrapped gifts of food under the Christmas tree. Wiese says that box of chocolate, meat or cheese won’t last long as dogs have a great sense of smell and know there is food there even though it is wrapped in cellophane.
A symbol of the season can be dangerous as well for cats. Wiese says Christmas tree ornaments are a huge temptation as they basically look like toy display. She says the hooks used to hang ornaments can cause injury but perhaps the biggest danger is tinsel. If eaten, tinsel can wrap around intestines and cause a blockage.
Wiese says even the best behaved dogs can be tempted to rummage through the trash if they smell meat or see you put bones in the container. She recommends using a covered trash container at all times. Just recently a West Highland Terrier stray was having health problems at the Humane Society. Wiese says the dog was checked out and veterinarians discovered it had a pork chop bone lodged in its esophagus. The bone was removed and the dog is doing fine.