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    Lots of holiday drinks are sweet and often thick and gooey, like egg nog and therefore attractive to pets.

    Ask your guests to bring their glasses of drinks when they're done with them (empty or not) to the sink and rinse them quickly (or designate someone to have rinsing duty).

    A dog or cat slows down, becomes drowsy and loses their coordination. If they're exposed to higher levels of alcohol, it can depress their nervous system to the point that their breathing and heart rate slow down, and their body temperature drops. Their blood chemistry is also altered, leading to a dangerous condition called metabolic acidosis where the blood becomes too acidic. At this point, without treatment, death soon follows usually due to cardiac arrest. Even if a dog or cat doesn't die from the acute effects of alcohol poisoning, it can be harmful to their kidneys and liver.

    What are the signs of alcohol poisoning in dogs and cats?

    Watch for changes in behavior such as problems walking or standing up, lack of coordination, drowsiness, a slow breathing rate, excessive urination, vomiting, or unresponsiveness. Sometimes a dog or cat will have an odor of alcohol on their breath. If a dog or cat has eaten a full meal before being exposed to alcohol, the signs and symptoms of alcohol toxicity may be delayed for up to two hours.

    Dogs and cats that are exposed to alcohol can also have dangerous drops in their blood sugar level and may need to get glucose rapidly to avoid brain damage. Very low blood sugars can cause seizures in animals.

    Unfortunately, some people think it's funny to feed beer and wine to pets. Keep a close eye on your pets if you aren't absolutely certain about every one of your guests. Put your dog on a leash and let him wander around the party with you, or better yet, let him skip the party by crating him or locking him in a back bedroom where you have soft music playing for him and a safe chew for him.

    Even when he's out of sight, check in on him. He can hear the party, so let him know he's not being abandoned. He'll appreciate the attention AND the peace and quiet.  He may think he prefers to be out with all the chaos and human traffic. But he likely doesn't have a lot of experience with holiday gatherings. This is one of those times when it's best for us to tell him what's best for him. Yes, even if he protests.

    Remember, these are kids that often think that chasing skunks is a grand idea too.


    © grover

    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 04:23:32 PM PST

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