Welcome Fall!!! As the cooler weather comes, many of us are planning for the holidays. Cooler weather also means our pets are spending more time inside with us, so we need to check the house and be sure there are no “dangers”.
To begin with, be sure food items are kept out of reach. Backpacks, pocket books and grocery bags could be sources of toxic foods, and our pets can be good at ferreting them out. Be on the watch for chocolates, gum, sugar-free treats, and certain fruits like raisins, grapes and currants. All of these have a poison in them that can cause problems. Caffeine, found in coffee, soda, energy drinks and Excedrin, can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Macadamia nuts can cause a temporary paralysis. Fatty foods, like liver mush, fried foods, chicken skin and bacon, can cause pancreatitis. So be sure foods are kept out of reach of your pet.
Be careful with decorations. Weather it is a jack-o-lantern or Christmas candle, be sure it is placed where a wagging tail cannot cause a problem. Some decorative plants are harmful – poinsettias, amaryllis, and holly with mistletoe are a few. Electrical wires and batteries also are dangerous, so be sure to cover them or place them out of reach. Christmas trees pose problems that include their electrical cord, tinsel and decorations. Make sure no tinsel is placed anywhere on your tree, and all decorations on the lower level are non-breakable and not food.
From Halloween to New Years, there seems to be an increase in visitors to our homes. For some of our pets, this can be more stressful than happy. Sometimes exercising our dogs before the party can help them to relax. Some may need medication like Xanax or a tranquilizer to help them cope, or a Thundershirt. For others, boarding them during the festivities can relieve them, and allow you to concentrate on the party.
Enjoy the weather and holidays, and be sure to play it safe around your pets.
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- To provide high quality health care for all life stages of small animal pets through individual and uniquely personalized veterinary care.
- We strive to educate our client animal owners and caregivers.
- Our Charter is a continued, unprecedented level of quality medical, and surgical skills, built on traditional preventative medical practices, comprehensive lab work, emergency services, and a solid medical referral system of specialized veterinarians for the best in care for your beloved companion.
- Our hospital consistently participates in continuing education practices for all veterinarians and staff members.
- Quality, caring healthcare for the life of your pet!
13 animal emergencies that should receive immediate veterinary consultation and/or care:
1. Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn’t stop within 5 minutes
2. Choking, difficulty breathing or nonstop coughing and gagging
3. Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, coughing up blood, or blood in urine
4. Inability to urinate or pass feces(stool), or obvious pain associated with urinating or passing stool
5. Injuries to your pet’s eye(s)
6. You suspect or know your pet has eaten something poisonous (such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, etc.)
7. Seizures and/or staggering
8. Fractured bones, severe lameness or inability to move leg(s)
9. Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety
10. Heat stress or heatstroke
11. Severe vomiting or diarrhea – more than 2 episodes in a 24-hour period, or either of these combined with obvious illness or any of the other problems listed here
12. Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more
The bottom line is that ANY concern about your pet’s health warrants, at minimum, a call to your veterinarian.
*Courtesy of the American Veterinary Medical Association
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