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Joe Reppucci of Lexington, Mass., writes about dogs and keeping them a healthy part of the family. He has worked as a reporter and editor on major daily newspapers in the Boston area for more than 30 years and is a graduate of Lexington High School ...
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Joe Reppucci of Lexington, Mass., writes about dogs and keeping them a healthy part of the family. He has worked as a reporter and editor on major daily newspapers in the Boston area for more than 30 years and is a graduate of Lexington High School and of Suffolk University in Boston. He writes often about nutrition, behavior and saving money on pet supplies and insurance.
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Top 5 bizarre holiday accidents involving pets
What would the holiday season be without Santa, decorations and special foods? It would be a lot safer for many curious dogs and cats, according to a study of accidents involving pets.
The holiday season has a tendency of bringing out the mischievous side of many pets, resulting in some bizarre injuries, a study by Pets Best Insurance has found. After reviewing its claims from policyholders since 2006, the insurance company compiled a list of the five most bizarre holiday accidents involving pets.
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Food and decorations are the main enticements that land pets in the emergency room, Pets Best President Jack Stephens says.
The holiday season is filled with trappings that people love - like decorations, desserts and bustling crowds. Unfortunately, there are many aspects of these celebrations that can threaten our pets, Dr. Stephens states in a media release. We strongly encourage pet owners to consider the safety of their curious and hungry animals during any preparations with decorations and food.
Here are the five most bizarre holiday-related claims that Pets Best insurance has handled:
  • Laila, a 19-week-old Boxer puppy, who ate a glass ornament, resulting in an exam, X-rays and a hospital stay.
  • Maggie, an 8-month-old Golden retriever, who swallowed a large piece of antler bone, resulting in surgery to remove the antler from her stomach.
  • Sasha, a 3-year-old Shetland sheepdog, who devoured some bread dough, which expands in a pet's stomach and causes the organ to twist. The yeast in the dough also can cause alcohol poisoning. Sasha was given anti-nausea medication shots.
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