By Dr. Doug Mader
The holidays are such a wonderful time of year – but we don’t want to ruin it by having a preventable pet tragedy. I’d like to share some common sense warnings that may prevent a holiday disaster. It would be wise to take a few minutes to assess these hidden dangers before getting all get caught up in the seasonal festivities.
The first obvious danger to our pets is the Christmas tree. Aside from the inherent fire risk with real trees, there is also the possibility of pets injuring themselves on the needles and ornaments. Eyes can be accidentally poked or scratched. Delicate ornaments can be broken, resulting in sharp pieces of glass or plastic that can cause cuts or potentially be eaten. Some people hang candy or popcorn on their trees. These confections can be eaten by pets, and the plastic wrappers and strings can be swallowed and cause intestinal damage. Cats like to play with shiny objects, and tinsel is notoriously dangerous. If swallowed in large quantities it can cause a blockage.
Extension cords are always a hazard. Pets can be accidentally tangled up in the wires, thus potentially pulling over the tree, or worse yet, becoming strangulated by the cord itself. Some dogs and cats, and especially rabbits, like to chew on things, and electrical cords are a delicacy. Aside from the fire risk, the possibility of electrical shock and death to the pet is very real.
Candles can be so beautiful but make sure that they can’t be knocked over by inquisitive cats or dogs. Never leave a lit candle left alone!
Holiday candies are a real treat for humans. However, some sugar-free candies (containing xylitol) can be deadly to animals. Others, like chocolate, contain methylxanthine. This too can be toxic to pets if consumed in large quantities. If a dog or cat gets into a box of holiday chocolates or candies containing xylitol it is an emergency. Take your pet to your veterinarian immediately. It is a lot easier (and less expensive) to just keep the sweets out of reach!
Carefully check out new toys (both people toys and pet toys) to make sure they are safe for your pet to play with. Toys with small parts or pieces that can be easily broken off can also be easily swallowed. If small enough, they might simply pass right through your pet’s digestive tract, however, if it gets stuck a serious blockage can result.
It is not uncommon to have many guests over for holiday celebrations. Some pets, especially dogs, may get nervous when strangers are over. Be sure to respect their space and provide them with a retreat if they feel overwhelmed. On the flip side, some pets enjoy the company and will do their best to steal all the attention!
Lastly, be kind to your pet and avoid giving it a lot of leftovers from the holiday dinner feast. A radical change in diet can cause severe indigestion for even the healthiest pets.
Along the lines of holidays and pets, it is a good idea to think twice before giving someone a live pet as a gift. Although you may think it is a good idea, and you may think that the intended person may really want or like to have a particular pet, please check with them first.
Have a happy, wonderful, pet-safe holiday season!!!!!
Figure – Christmas trees, small ornaments, tinsel, sugar-free candies, and chocolate can pose huge dangers to pets. (photo: D. Mader)
Douglas Mader, MS, DVM
Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Canine/Feline)
Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Reptile/Amphibian)
Diplomate, European College of Zoological Medicine (Herpetology)
Human-Animal Bond Certified
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety research shows alarming trend
More people are now killed on the nation’s city streets than on rural roads and speeding is one of the most critical factors. Between 2010 and 2019, fatalities in urban areas surged 34% while those in rural areas fell 10%. Urban fatalities first surpassed those in rural areas in 2016, and 19,595 people were killed in urban locations compared to 16,340 in the countryside in 2019.
“Urban streets in metropolitan areas can be more dangerous because there are higher numbers of motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists traveling those roadways,” said Theresa Podguski, director of legislative affairs, AAA East Central. “Speeding makes those busy streets even more treacherous, so everyone needs to be careful, pay attention to road conditions and follow traffic laws.”
According to Federal Highway Administration statistics, more than 70% of the four million miles of public-access roads in the United States are rural. Yet while speeding occurs on all roads, urban roads and streets account for a disproportionate number of speeding-related fatalities. The AAA Foundation study examines characteristics of deaths that happened on urban non-limited access roadways (not freeways, expressways, or interstates) from 2010 to 2019. Details of the Foundation research can be found here, but key highlights include:
According to new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates, 9,560 people died in motor-vehicle traffic crashes in the first quarter of 2022, a 7% increase compared to last year. It is the highest number of first-quarter fatalities since 2002. NHTSA reports 42,915 people died in traffic crashes last year, with speed-related crash fatalities rising by 5%. This research provides insights when it comes to the development of solutions to address the persistent speeding problem. It is important to understand the characteristics of the roadways, the motorists and the crashes.
AAA urges transportation engineers and decision-makers to consider speed management and prioritize safety when setting speed limits. This is critical for urban roads and streets where vehicles and vulnerable road users mix. AAA strongly supports adopting The Safe System Approach (SSA) to roadway safety. The SSA uses current effective countermeasures to create multiple layers of protection for transportation network users, rather than simply responding only after evidence of a specific safety problem.
The Foundation used data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a national census of fatal traffic crashes. Fatalities were considered speeding-related if any vehicle involved in the crash was reported to have exceeded the posted speed limit, drove too fast for conditions, or was racing.
AAA East Central is a not-for-profit association with 71 local offices in Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia serving 2.7 million members. News releases are available at news.eastcentral.aaa.com. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
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After rebellious Princess Barbara flees the kingdom on the day sheʼs set to marry Bundy, an evil postman, she meets Bogey, an odd, semi-human beast who is king of the wilderness. So when Bundy then plots to rob the forestʼs supply of a magical, life-giving elixir called Spark, itʼs up to Bogey, Barbara, and their bouncy friend Bunny to stop him. But can they defeat Bundyʼs vicious army of giant robotic rats? This enchanting musical adventure is one every family will enjoy!
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I really enjoyed watching Clifford. It was so cute, and worth the watch. My mom and dad watched, as well, and were pleased with it. Also, my sister in law watched, and really liked it. It is worth the watch. I’ve watched 3 times already. My 10 year old, son, was intrigued. He doesn’t remember watching Clifford on tv, when he was young, but I assured him he did.
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Thanks to Sara Skirboll for her wonderful article!