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The 12 Dangers of Christmas

Thursday, November 29, 2018

                                    Less than a month to Christmas! Watch out for these 12 Dangers of Christmas. 

  1. Pine Christmas tree fronds, tinsel, ribbon and ornaments - cause upset stomachs or blocked intestines
  2. Christmas lights are not toys!
  3. Onions and garlic - cause anaemia, but you don't see signs for a few days
  4. Chocolate - makes little hearts race, sometimes too fast for their own good
  5. Alcohol - not even in moderation, makes cats vomit, become incoordinated, have seizures, go into a coma or even die
  6. Dried fruit, especially sultanas, currants and raisins, Christmas cake and pudding, and grapes cause kidney damage
  7. Cooked turkey or chicken bones can block the intestines or pierce the stomach
  8. Liquid potpourri ulcerates and irritates the tongue and throat and if swallowed can cause muscle twitches, weakness, and collapse
  9. Flower arrangements containing lilies are deadly to cats. Lilies like Easter lilies, Tiger lilies and Day lilies damage kidneys
  10. Your medicines including Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, any heart medicine, any anti-depression pills, the morning after coffee!
  11. Xylitol - the artificial sweetener you put in that morning after coffee! Also in chewing gum, breath mints and other fun things to bat around the kitchen
  12. Lithium ion disc batteries in Christmas toys - the electric current flow in the stomach leads to perforation of the stomach wall

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