Holiday toxins 101


As we approach the holiday season, Renee Schmid, DVM, DABT, DABVT, breaks down what foods and plants are a risk to your patients, plus the following steps after a suspected poisoning

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With the holiday season just weeks away, households across the world are preparing to host family, make delicious dinners, and decorate their homes. However, within the holiday cheer lurks foods and decorations that can be harmful to pets. On this episode of The Vet Blast Podcast, Renee Schmid, DVM, DABT, DABVT, discloses the risks that pets face this holiday season, plus what happens when a pet ingests a toxin.

Below is a partial transcript. Listen to the full podcast for more.

Renee Schmid, DVM, DABT, DABVT: Mistletoe [and] ivy those types of products are usually not a big deal. One of the things we do see though is there are some places that when they are making wreaths, instead of using evergreens they are using Yew plants, and so Yews are something that can cause some pretty significant issues in dogs and cats [such as] cardiac and heart issues. So something to be aware of if you are getting a wreath from a local area.

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