HOLIDAY TRAVEL PLANS AND PET HAZARDS|MONDAY MISCHIEF

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“Tis the season to be jolly…” It’s that time of year again. I’m talking candles, tinsel, holly berries, ornaments, and much more. Be mindful though, holiday travel plans and pet hazards can be quite costly and super scary.

Everywhere I turn, people are getting prepared for the holidays. They’re either, getting out their suitcases…

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or pulling out the decorations…

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And many of us are doing both…

Check out this Holiday Pet Hazard list from VPI InsuranceI knew some of these were harmful to pets (chocolate, plant poisoning), yet there were also a few I wouldn’t have imagined could potentially cause an emergency visit. For instance: “yeast dough?” I guess since Harley isn’t a “counter surfer” I don’t think about him “snatching and running” however – according to the ASPCA:

Raw bread dough made with live yeast can be hazardous if ingested by dogs. When raw dough is swallowed, the warm, moist environment of the stomach provides an ideal environment for the yeast to multiply, resulting in an expanding mass of dough in the stomach. Expansion of the stomach may be severe enough to decrease blood flow to the stomach wall, resulting in the death of tissue. Additionally, the expanding stomach may press on the diaphragm, resulting in breathing difficulty. Perhaps more importantly, as the yeast multiplies, it produces alcohols that can be absorbed, resulting in alcohol intoxication. Affected dogs may have distended abdomens and show signs such as a lack of coordination, disorientation, stupor and vomiting (or attempts to vomit). In extreme cases, coma or seizures may occur and could lead to death from alcohol intoxication. Dogs showing mild signs should be closely monitored, and dogs with severe abdominal distention or dogs who are so inebriated that they can’t stand up should be monitored by a veterinarian until they recover.

That’s super scary!

Tinsel, Ribbon and other Pretty Things, (I found this out through vetmed) – may be appealing “chew toys” that may make your pet sick.

There is something about those shiny strands of Christmas tree decor, which drives kitties (and some puppies I would imagine) wild. Eating tinsel or other string-like items such as ribbon (often called linear foreign bodies) can cause serious damage to the intestine. One end can get stuck while the rest is pulled into the intestine as it contracts; the contractions may cause the ribbon or tinsel to saw through the intestine. If not caught in time, infection of the belly cavity develops and the prognosis for recovery becomes poor. Pets with linear foreign bodies quickly become ill with signs including vomiting, diarrhea, depression, belly pain and sometimes fever. Surgery is required to remove foreign matter that does not pass out on its own.

OH MY DOODLE!

I continued reading and this one made me gasp – WATER! I’m talking about the water we use in our Christmas tree stands. We’ve got to be careful with those chemicals sometimes recommended to keep our trees fresher longer, as well as potpourri pots. Believe it or not some pets are fascinated and attracted to those festive scents.

So if you’re traveling this holiday season, and taking your furry family member with you..

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Be safe, and scan your holiday home carefully making sure it is safe for them. If you are not able to take your pet with you, and you haven’t finalized your plans regarding their temporary holiday home, you may want to check out rover.com

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Rover connects dog parents with a nationwide network of dog lovers for hire, offering in-home dog boarding, dog sitting, and dog walking…

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Check out Rover’s Holiday Travel infographic to help us navigate both holiday travel plans and doggie demands.

Rover makes it easy for dog parents throughout the U.S. to find sitters who will treat our dogs like family. Rover has 25,000 sitters, and 95% of reviewed stays have received a perfect 5 star rating. There’s complimentary premium insurance for all services booked through Rover, 24/7 customer support and vet consultation, mobile apps, photo sharing, videos of stay highlights, and sitter background checks. If  you’re interested in more information about using Rover’s services or becoming a Rover sitter, visit their website at rover.com.

But whatever your holiday plans may be…

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…let’s remember to be proactive and prevent the “dangerous”  mischief!

BEFORE I GO – 

Harley and I would like to thank the Rover team for such a loving and kind gesture honoring our beloved “Leo.” When Rover asked (and I agreed) to write this holiday pet hazard post, I was without words when I later received this email…

Cathy, I talked to my friends at Rover, and we really wanted to find a way to show our condolences for your loss. Leo was an adorable, and I’m sure very special, dog that clearly left this world too soon. That is why we would like to make a monetary donation in his memory. We just hope this little contribution will go forward and help doodles like Leo. I will be in touch soon. In the meantime, please send my birthday wishes to Harley!

All my best, Kelly

The recipient chosen for this donation is Pilot’s and Paws

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This organization is near and dear to my heart because of the selfless work they do for so many animals and of my memories watching Leo running around that airstrip chasing “Wilson” waiting for those planes filled with pups to land.

Let’s stay safe this Holiday season and as always, thank you so very much for sharing me with all your friends!

DISCLAIMER: This post is sponsored in part by Rover.com. Harley and I are being compensated for helping spread the word about Holiday Pet Hazards and Rover.com services, however, all opinions and ideas in this post are my own and are not influenced by any other person or business.Groovy Goldendoodles™ will only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. Rover.com is not responsible for the content of this article.

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24 Comments
  • slimdoggy
    December 8, 2014

    Thanks for the heads-up on these holiday hazards. What a kind gesture from Rover.com – love that spirit and love remembering Leo.

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 8, 2014

      Thanks Slimdoggy – you would have loved running with the big guy! Rover.com was extremely thoughtful, indeed.

  • DashLilly
    December 8, 2014

    Oh my doodle is right!! So many hazards. We are going to be visiting with the doodles’ cousins for Christmas so I better be on my guard. Not all of them are good pups like Dash and Lilly (!) I don’t want the Doodles to be led astray into naughty/dangerous behavior!

    What a kind gesture from Rover.com! Wow!! So thoughtful.

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 8, 2014

      Yes, Deirdre, please be on your toes, so no mischief occurs while you’re on vacation! And, I agree – it was a beautiful gesture on Rover.com’s part – indeed!

      • DashLilly
        December 8, 2014

        When we get to the east coast, I will send you a message! One sister is in Maryland and one is in Alexandria VA. Would love if there would be a way to get together for a doodle romp!!!

        • Cathy Bennett
          December 8, 2014

          Can’t wait! Of course we can romp. Can you bring shot records with you? The pet resort has a great playroom and they can romp regardless of the weather 🙂 while we run our mouths and laugh a bit.

          • DashLilly
            December 8, 2014

            perfect idea!!! yes, I will bring their records. Lilly isn’t the best at romping, but Dash will be in heaven!!!!!

          • Cathy Bennett
            December 9, 2014

            We’ll keep it between the three of them, just give me a few days notice and I will set it up. That way we won’t have to worry about the weather. Can’t wait!

  • Gilligan
    December 8, 2014

    Thanks for sharing these statistics and reminding everyone to keep their furry friends safe this holiday season!

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 8, 2014

      You got it Gilligan!

  • Talent Hounds
    December 8, 2014

    So many safety hazards to think about, great post. We love Pilots N Paws too!

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 8, 2014

      Thanks Talent Hounds – PNP are near and dear to my heart, along with Rover.com for such a loving an thoughtful gesture. Please be safe this holiday season my furrends 🙂

  • Emma
    December 8, 2014

    That is quite a loaded post, but you definitely saved the best for last. How wonderful of Rover to honor Leo! Great tips…the cats always drink water out of weird places at our house, but we no longer get a real tree, so no worries about that anymore.

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 8, 2014

      Thanks Emma, I always thought you were “sweet” on Leo 🙂 Yes, it was a blog post full, but I wanted to remind everyone to please be careful this holiday season. We haven’t had a “live” tree in years but lately I’ve seen many hoisted on the hoods of cars going down the road. PAWhaps they’re coming back in style! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Jackie Bouchard
    December 8, 2014

    Lots of good info! Luckily rita isn’t a counter surfer either, and she’ll barely eat real food let alone strange things so I don’t have to worry too much about that. We used a Rover type service before with our beagle when we didn’t live near family. It was great! And what a lovely gesture in Leo’s name! Very sweet.

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 9, 2014

      Jackie, I usually take Harley to the Pet Resort when I travel and he cannot come (rare these days) – but I have read and re-read all about Rover.com and I tell you what, I wouldn’t hesitate to use their services. Great concept, and from the few convo’s I have had with their employees – they seem like genuine “pet-people!” Yes, I agree – a very sweet gesture, totally unsolicited, and right out of the blue. so humbled…

  • It's Dog or Nothing
    December 8, 2014

    Rover.com is awesome. What a kind gesture from them and you picked a pawsome recipient. Leo would be proud 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 9, 2014

      Thanks – I agree, they are awesome, it was incredibly kind, and I know Leo would have agreed paws down with our choice for the donation. Thanks so much for commenting, it means a great deal 🙂

  • snoopy@snoopysdogblog
    December 8, 2014

    What a lovely gesture they made on behalf of Leo….

    Great idea to remind our humans, it’s definitely easier to remember the dangers at home, but much harder to remember at holiday destinations!

    Thanks guys

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 9, 2014

      Hey Snoopy, we totally agree. We’ve definitely got to be on our “paws” this holiday season so everyone has a wonderful vacation whether we’re home or not! Yes, lovely gesture on Rover’s part and awesome organization – Pilots and Paws. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  • Sand Spring Chesapeakes
    December 8, 2014

    What a great post, beautiful trees and photos. What a nice tribute to Leo and great organization.

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 9, 2014

      Thanks so much. Wish I could take credit for the trees – not mine. Still haven’t been able to finish my decorating. I’ve gotten some things out from the basement, but not the trees 🙁 Hope to finish this weekend. Yes, I agree – beautiful gesture from Rover and Leo’s tail wagged I’m sure when we selected Pilots and Paws. Thanks again for stopping by…

  • Ann Staub
    December 9, 2014

    Oh wow… I don’t think I knew that about the yeast dough! Definitely a no-no on the tinsel though. Linear foreign bodies are the worst kind.

    What a kind gesture from Rover. I’m positive that Leo would be pleased 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 9, 2014

      You and me both Ann (regarding the dough) I don’t think I would have given Harley any, however, should I have dropped some, I don’t think I would have worried about it being harmful. So, I’m with you on that one. Yes, Leo would have been pleased. I would like to think he barked once or twice when we decided on Pilots and Paws 🙂

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