At the beginning of a new year, “Luis y las uvas de la felicidad” always pops into my mind. This title for a unit in Spanish in high school comes to mind mainly because it explains the continental tradition of eating a dozen grapes as the bells of the clock chime the twelfth hour, welcoming in the new year. Knowing what I know now, that grapes are harmful for dogs and cats to eat – I can’t help thinking that Luis had better be careful not to let his dog eat any of the grapes.
This is for you pet parents out there. If you have read some of this before, consider it a refresher course in household hazards for your pet, particularly during the upcoming celebrations of Christmas, Chanukkah, and Kwanza.
foods that can be hazardous to pets
• chocolate (all forms)
• coffee (all forms)
• fatty foods
• macadamia nuts
• moldy or spoiled foods
• raisins or grapes
• yeast dough
• ice melting products
• holiday wrapping ribbon (can cause intestinal obstruction if eaten)
• tree lights and other decorations (puppies and kittens may like to chew on them)
• table scraps, especially fat containing, can cause serious or even fatal digestive problems
• any food with bones – e.g., poultry or fish – small bones can lodge in the throat and cause choking and asphyxiation; larger bones can have sharp edges
• keep an eye on your pet while they eat biscuits or hard treats, and dispose of any remainder to avoid potential choking
• raw eggs, also raw fish, can carry harmful bacteria
• plastic shopping bags: some pets, like our Daisy, like to chew on them, which can cause intestinal obstruction
Pets can also get caught in plastic bags and run into things or fall down stairs, causing serious injury.
To make holiday breaks happier for everyone in the family, try to be consistent with your pet’s routine.
Introduce your pet to decorations with caution, and remind visiting family and friends not to feed your pet table scraps, no matter how much Fido may beg.
Take your pet outdoors for breaks personally and don’t let them out of your sight – a lost pet would be an awful holiday surprise.
Consider making that spare bedroom a hideout for your pet to get away from overbearing toddlers and loud relatives.
And by no means, when ringing in the new year, no grapes, raisins, wine or champagne for the four-legged family members!