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The Animal Medical Center
Picnics are fun, but can be
hazardous to pets
The Animal Medical Center
To help keep your pets
safe this Labor Day
weekend...
Chip and snack bags
One picnic peril is empty chip and snack bags. As your dog or cat tries
to clean up the crumbs at the ...
Onions and garlic
Labor Day would be un-American without hamburgers on the grill.
Onions and garlic make burgers tasty, bu...
Corn cobs
Keep trash cans tightly covered as many dogs love to snack on salty,
buttery corn cobs. The red box outlines a s...
Cocoa mulch
The Animal Medical Center
Cocoa shell mulch is beautiful to look at but dangerous if consumed by your
dog, due...
Yew trees and shrubs
Yew (Taxus sp) are common garden trees and shrubs. Be sure your
dog does not snack on one of these at...
Swimming pools
Not all dogs are innate swimmers and they can drown if they fall into a
swimming pool while you are busy fl...
Rattlesnake bites
Both dogs and cats can suffer from rattlesnake bites. Veterinarians see
more dogs than cats with snake e...
Rabies
Wildlife such as raccoons, skunks and bats carry rabies. As the
interface between rural and urban areas blurs, the ...
Escaping from the house or yard
without a collar
As picnic guests go in and out of the house, your pet has ample
opportuni...
Most important of all!
REMEMBER: Accidents happen. Don’t waste time in
an emergency. Keep the telephone number and
address...
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Pet Picnic Perils

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Pet Picnic Perils

  1. 1. The Animal Medical Center
  2. 2. Picnics are fun, but can be hazardous to pets The Animal Medical Center To help keep your pets safe this Labor Day weekend, we have created this slide show of the risks associated with picnic food, wildlife, lawns and gardens.
  3. 3. Chip and snack bags One picnic peril is empty chip and snack bags. As your dog or cat tries to clean up the crumbs at the bottom, their head can block air flow and they can suffocate within a few minutes. Never let your cat or dog have access to airtight chip and snack bags. The Animal Medical Center
  4. 4. Onions and garlic Labor Day would be un-American without hamburgers on the grill. Onions and garlic make burgers tasty, but can make them dangerous for your dog or cat. Onions, cooked or raw, can damage your pet’s red blood cells, causing anemia. The Animal Medical Center
  5. 5. Corn cobs Keep trash cans tightly covered as many dogs love to snack on salty, buttery corn cobs. The red box outlines a stuck corncob in a dog’s intestine. This x-ray shows a dog who ate a corn cob from the trash and needed surgery to remove the obstruction. The Animal Medical Center
  6. 6. Cocoa mulch The Animal Medical Center Cocoa shell mulch is beautiful to look at but dangerous if consumed by your dog, due to the theobromine in chocolate. Ditto for the chocolate cake or brownies on the picnic table. Keep chocolate in all forms away from your dog.
  7. 7. Yew trees and shrubs Yew (Taxus sp) are common garden trees and shrubs. Be sure your dog does not snack on one of these attractive plants while you are playing crochet on the next lawn. Dogs and cats consuming yew will have tremors, difficulty breathing and even seizures. The Animal Medical Center
  8. 8. Swimming pools Not all dogs are innate swimmers and they can drown if they fall into a swimming pool while you are busy flipping burgers. If your dog can’t swim, have her wear a lifejacket.. The Animal Medical Center
  9. 9. Rattlesnake bites Both dogs and cats can suffer from rattlesnake bites. Veterinarians see more dogs than cats with snake envenomation. Bites on the head and neck are most severe. Cats are most frequently bitten on one of the front legs. Know what venomous snakes are found in your area, and if your pet is bitten seek emergency care immediately. The Animal Medical Center
  10. 10. Rabies Wildlife such as raccoons, skunks and bats carry rabies. As the interface between rural and urban areas blurs, the potential for our pets to have contact with a rabid wild animal increases. Protect your pet against rabies. Make sure their vaccinations are up to date. The Animal Medical Center
  11. 11. Escaping from the house or yard without a collar As picnic guests go in and out of the house, your pet has ample opportunities to escape. Be sure your pet is wearing a collar with ID tags and has a microchip. This cat has a beautiful collar, but the purpose of a collar is to hold an ID tag. Put your dog or cat’s collar on before guests arrive. The Animal Medical Center
  12. 12. Most important of all! REMEMBER: Accidents happen. Don’t waste time in an emergency. Keep the telephone number and address of the closest animal ER handy. Rapid treatment can save your dog or cat’s life! The Animal Medical Center

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