Not so long before the New Year, each of us falls into a holiday rush. We are in a hurry to do some shopping, decorate our houses, cook the New Year dinner. Decorating the Christmas tree, we are doing our best to surprise children, delight our guests and relatives. But how often at this moment we are thinking about our pets? You may believe to get along easily, as they, seems, will not bring much trouble, but, alas, the statistics is disappointing – during the New Year, when attention is totally concentrated on celebration, a large number of animals with injuries get into the veterinary clinics through fault and carelessness of their owners. What dangers are the most probable?
The most common problem, which many owners have encountered before the New Year is the swallowing of Christmas tinsel or tinsel icicles’ strands. Cats are mainly given to this addiction, regardless of the breed or age. This habit is triggered by the hunting instinct, forcing the animal to react on moving, sparkling and shimmering objects, attracting attention. Moreover cats can even eat the icicles, which hold the Christmas tree toys like threads or wires. Once a cat takes a tip of such decoration in its mouth, it is no more able to spit it out.
The cat’s tongue contains elongated villi directed towards the throat, which force the food on the mouth only inwards. They finally make the animal is incapable to spit it away. Tinsel or icicles’ strands are similar to thin metal stripe, which may cut the internal organs of your pet! Inexperienced owners usually attach no importance to this problem. But tissue rupture, fraught with peritonitis and sepsis, may occur as a result of contacting of such strands with the intestinal wall, causing the agonizing death of an animal.
Petards, salutes, firecrackers and cannonades turn the New Year’s Eve into a real battlefield. Shots and explosions of fireworks cause a feeling of intense fear in cats and dogs equally. In panic, without looking at the owner, the animal takes to its heels in a search of the nearest shelter. Often, after such runaway, cats and dogs became completely lost. Accustomed to the home environment and full comfort, but suddenly found themselves on a street, they die. More than 90% of the escaped cats and dogs are unable to find their way home independently. But those who was found, requires a long time to recover. Even staying home, the dogs usually raise barking, start a heartrending howling during the outside firecrackers’ explosion. And regardless the breed, the strongest dogs are frightened by thunder and sudden flashes of light in a same way as less hardy breeds.
3. Festive Food
The New Year table conceals the danger of the same strength. Attracting by abundance of different smells and flavors, it makes the animals to use any single moments of hosts absent to pull off something delicious.
It is proved that dog’s sense of smell is hundred times stronger than the human olfactory. The dog’s nose contains about 250 million olfactory cells, whereas humans have only 10 million. We can catch a smell only if 500 million molecules will be dispersed in 1 square meter of the air, while a dog can do it with 200 thousand. Consequently, the smell of food from the holiday table will provoke appetite of your pet anywhere in the house. Large dogs have more olfactory receptors in the nose, thus they are affected by a smell even stronger.
4. Relations with the Christmas tree
Unfortunately, the animals’ reaction to the Christmas beauty is unpredictable, therefore, before installing it, take a couple of hours for some precautions.
If you have large funny dog at home, it is highly probable that running past, it will accidentally touch the tree or pulling a branch with its teeth deliberately, your pet will finally overturn it to the floor with a terrible crash. Wherein the fragments of broken Christmas toys can easily dig into the animal’s foot pads. Sometimes such punctured wounds are rather deep. First aid for such cuts – is washing the damaged area with the subsequent applying of compressive bandage. If bleeding is not stopping, you need to apply a rubber strip or bandage tourniquet slightly higher the cut area. And after that immediately contact your veterinarian.
To Sum Up
Are you aware that the doctors in veterinary clinics store a lot of suture material, droppers and other medical supplies for the New Year period, anticipating solid earnings on our carelessness? On the doctor’s slang, cats, which swallowed tinsel or icicles’ strands, are called ‘Christmas cats’, animals that have fallen from the balconies – ‘flyers’ and pets with burns are called ‘wounded’ or ‘shot down’.
Negligent vets are ready to operate animals “in batches” to earn some money, offering surgery to everyone without discrimination, regardless of the animal general condition! Thus the survival rate after such operations is 50%, i.e. animals die in the half of cases.