Christmas Hazards For Pets
The severity of poisoning depends principally on two things, obviously the amount of chocolate ingested but also the type of chocolate (i.e. milk or dark).
Fruits of the Vitis vinifera (grapes, raisins, currants and sultanas) can, surprisingly, cause renal failure in dogs. Currently the mechanism of action remains unknown, as does the “toxic dose”.
This Christmas we had 2 dogs that stole the Christmas cake… We saw them promptly , administered drugs to cause vomiting , took blood samples to check kidney values before any possible damage , put the dogs on intra venous fluids for 48 hours and rechecked kidney function..
Luckily all appears well , the owners prompt action in calling us helped these 2 dogs avoid a major problem
Mistletoe (Viscum album) – ingestion seems to result in retching, vomiting and salivation but occasionally weak- ness has been reported. The reports of this plant causing neurological signs probably refer to cases involving the plant the Americans call mistletoe (Phoradendron spp).
Poinsettia has a bad reputation, probably as it belongs to the Euphor- bia family. Although it is reported to be very toxic to cats, gastric irriration
Contain acid and can “burn’ mouth , face , oesophagus , stomach