$22.8 million were spent on treating animals from holiday caused illnesses and medical conditions
Ft. Laurderdale, FL (PRWEB) November 21, 2012
With the holidays around the corner, it’s more important than ever to keep an eye on pets. Khou in Houston, Texas recently revisited a report from 2011 by the Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. regarding the amount of money that was spent during the holidays on veterinary bills.
The study shows that in 2011, $22.8 million were spent on treating animals from holiday caused illnesses and medical conditions. Among the conditions, some of the most rampant were eating people food, eating holiday plants such as garland and mistletoe, holiday stress from unknown people being in their space, getting Christmas tree decorations and lights stuck in their stomachs, and eating chocolate and other caffeinated food. These conditions cause everything from diarrhea, vomiting, bloody stool, cramping and stress, some of which lead to surgery or medication.
“In 2011, of the 267,915 claims processed during the holiday months (November through January), 24,262 were for conditions commonly associated with holiday festivities. Of those claims, 17,421 were associated with vomiting and diarrhea,” says the report. All of those conditions ranged in bills from $229 per pet to $2,328 per pet. These are all medical bills that could have been avoided had owners considered the accessibility of the decorations and food to their pet.
One of the most popular conditions is chocolate intoxication. Even though death only occurs in about 1 in every 3,000 cases, the ingestion of chocolate could result in vomiting, diarrhea, urination, hyperactivity heart arrhythmias, tremors and seizures according Khou.com.
Whether it is Christmas tree tensile, decorations, human scraps or chocolate, owners should protect pets during the holidays by proofing their home to ensure the surroundings are safe. Also making sure that no guests feed the pet human food or scraps is a great way to keep pets safe during the holidays.
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