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Protect Your Pets From Holiday Hazards

Robbinsville, NJ - December 16, 2014

As beautiful and magical as the holiday season is, it can be filled with danger for our furry family members. The team at NorthStar VETS, a 24/7 emergency and specialty animal hospital, would like to help ensure that your pets are safe, happy, and healthy by avoiding these holiday hazards:

While you enjoy your holiday fare, your pets shouldn't be eating everything you do. Avoid rich foods and fatty meats, which can cause gastrointestinal problems like vomiting and diarrhea. Chocolate, macadamia nuts, onions, raisins, and some sugar free treats are toxic to pets and cause a variety of problems from mild stomach upset to seizures or even death. Help your well-meaning guests understand rules about sharing food, and of course, be sure to securely put the lid on your leftovers and garbage can.

Poinsettia plants, mistletoe, lilies, pine needles, and holly can all be harmful if ingested. Electric cords of tree lights pose the risk of electrocution. Keep tinsel, ribbons, garland, candles, and potpourri well out of reach. Ornaments can cause gastrointestinal obstructions if eaten. Glass ornaments especially pose a specific threat for cuts and lacerations.

Cold Weather
The chilly weather also brings potential hazards. Some brands of antifreeze actually taste sweet and contain ethylene glycol that if consumed, can cause acute kidney failure and death if not treated promptly. Salt-based and chemical de-icers can be toxic if ingested and can also cause irritation to paws and skin. Avoid exposing pets to extremely cold temperatures. Keep them inside where it is safe and warm.

With all the excitement associated with holiday activity, gatherings can be stressful for our pets too. It is best to try and maintain their regular routine and if needed, create a quiet, warm space for your pet away from the commotion. Make sure they get plenty of exercise, water, rest, and attention to help lessen anxiety.

Should your pet need medical attention during the holiday season, take comfort in knowing that NorthStar VETS is open 24/7/365.

About NorthStar VETS
NorthStar VETS is a nationally recognized emergency, trauma and specialty veterinary hospital located at 315 Robbinsville-Allentown Rd., Robbinsville, NJ, offering world-class care for dogs, cats, birds, small mammals, and other exotics 24/7/365. For more information, visit

Phil Barnes, Marketing Director
NorthStar VETS
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