The time for feasting is upon us, but for your pet, all the world should not be a holiday buffet. VPI, the largest pet insurance provider in the United States, recently released a list of the 10 most common holiday-related pet medical conditions -- and their causes. See the full list here. Even a casual look reveals a trend: in the words of VPI's cheif medical officer, "Whether it's holiday food or decorations, pets have a knack for ingesting foreign objects."

 

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Here's a handy list of what to keep out of mouth's reach this holiday season:

  • bones from holiday meats
  • chocolate and other caffeinated products
  • fatty "people food" like roasts, gravy, and nuts
  • plants like holly and mistletoe
  • ribbon
  • small gifts
  • Christmas tree decorations, including tinsel

 

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Ailments resulting from ingesting these substances range from simple diarrhea to the need for surgery to remove a foreign body from the digestive system. Avoid the trouble by keeping the listed items out of your pet's reach this holiday season.

 

Source: KHOU

 

 

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