Plants:  Be sure to keep these plants well out of the reach of animals in your home,
or consider using artificial versions.
Mistletoe berries may cause vomiting, diarrhea, heart problems, seizures or coma.
Poinsettia may cause vomiting and diarrhea.
Christmas trees (firs, cedars, pines)
contain oils that cause vomiting and diarrhea. The needles may
cause injury and irritation. The preservatives contain fertilizer and can cause vomiting.
Holly can cause severe vomiting, diarrhea and central nervous depression.
Amaryllis and cactus can both cause severe depression, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.               

Household Items: These items may cause burns, ulcers, or be foreign body hazards.
Please keep them out of reach.
Christmas Decorations
(ornaments, tinsel, and homemade play dough especially)
Christmas gifts
(Be careful what you put wrapped under the tree! Dogs sense of smell is much more
refined than yours.)

Foods and drinks such as alcoholic beverages, seeds, chocolate, macadamia nuts, walnuts, coffee, tea,
salt, onions, raisins, and other foods can be harmful to pets.  Please be careful what your pet gets in his/her
Never feed pets leftovers from the dinner table. Items such as bones can easily shatter and choke cats and
dogs.  Chocolate, especially dark chocolates, can cause hyperactivity, seizures, vomiting, diarrhea and
heart problems.

* When cooking dinner for your guests, be sure to move pet birds away from the kitchen area. Fumes
released from non-stick cookware and self-cleaning ovens can be deadly.

* Decorations such as tinsel, glass ornaments and garlands can easily attract pets, but are dangerous
choking hazards. Electric decorations such as stringed lights can give your pets a shock should they chew on
the wires. Keep decorations out of their reach.

* The unusual commotion of the holiday season can be stressful on animals as well as humans. Put your pets
in a quiet room or quiet area of the house when guests are visiting.  We have supplements and medications
to help them deal with the additional stresses if needed.

* When traveling with your pets, make sure they are properly secured and don’t fly them in the cargo area on
airplanes unless absolutely necessary.

Veterinarians and other animal health professionals work very hard to educate you, the owner.  Some people
are simply unaware of many aspects of animal care.  Below, you will find several links to other web sites to
help you in your endeavor to learn more about caring for you furry friends.  
If you are interested in health insurance for your loved one, the American Veterinary Medical Association
recommends Veterinary Pet Insurance.  You can also call 800-USA-PETS.
Animal Hospital of Fate
1001 North W.E.Crawford  (Highway 66 in Fate)
Rockwall, Texas 75087

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