The 24-hour resource Pet Poison Helpline will offer a webinar on keeping dogs and cats safe during the holidays on Monday, Dec. 3, at 12 p.m. CST. The Minneapolis-based organization will discuss several ways to prevent dogs and cats from ingesting unsafe food, plants, household items and drugs that can make pets ill.
In its first webinar for pet owners, “Holiday Dangers for Pets” will offer information about toxic substances that can threaten pets during the holiday season. Cat owners can watch the hour-long session from their computer to learn what beliefs are myth or fact, such as whether poinsettias are poisonous to cats (actually benign). Significant poison threats to pets include unbaked bread dough (can cause alcohol poisoning and severe bloating of the stomach), macadamia nuts (can cause a temporary paralysis) and caffeine. Additional common holiday foods and popular decorations that are dangerous to cats and dogs, like tinsel and liquid potpourri, will be covered.
Dr. Ahna Brutlag, DVM, MS, and Dr. Justine Lee, DVM, DACVECC, associate director of veterinary services will present the webinar. A question and answer session at the end of the presentation will let pet owners ask the experts additional questions that will be answered immediately.
Registration is $10 to help cover the costs of the webinar. Pet Poison Helpline will donate a portion of the proceeds to Best Friends Animal Society, a national animal welfare organization. For more information and to register for the webinar, click here.
Pet Poison Helpline suggests that pet owners use these opportunities to educate themselves as the holiday season approaches. If faced with a potential pet poisoning, the veterinary and toxicology experts at Pet Poison Helpline suggest that it’s always easier, less expensive, and safer for pets to be treated earlier, versus when they are showing severe symptoms.
Pet Poison Helpline charges $39 per incident, which includes a follow-up consultation for the duration of the poison case. Pet Poison Helpline is available in North America by calling 800-213-6680 or by clicking here.