S t e a f P e t y y a d T i ips l o H Happy Holidays!
Pumpkins... turkeys.... Christmas trees... oh my!
Everyone’s favorite time of year is back again... including our four legged family members as well. During the hustle and bustle of the holidays it is easy to get distracted by the holiday season. Keep this guide handy to keep you and your four legged family member in the holiday spirit and out of the ER. Mischief and Trouble
By Dr. Pulliam, DVM – Town Center Animal Hospital
5 Simple Ways To Avoid The Veterinary Emergency Room This Holiday Season:
Never give your pets “treats” from the table. Doing so can cause a very serious illness called pancreatitis, which means inflammation of the pancreas. Pancreatitis can originate from many factors, however dietary indiscretion is the most common cause. Common clinical signs can include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal discomfort and lethargy. Keep extra dog treats nearby this holiday season, to discourage pets from begging and family members from giving people food. Also, keep in mind bringing in the new year with alcoholic beverages may be fun for us, but it is not for animals and can be very toxic.
Keep an extra close eye on new puppies and kittens, as holiday decorations can quickly be eaten. The last thing anyone wants is “Puppy’s First Christmas” to be remembered by hospitalization and possible surgery for removal of a foreign object. Foreign objects are anything not digestible by your pets body, which increase in availability especially during the holiday season (strings of lights, ornaments, various holiday plants, candles).
When celebrating with extended family, this may not be the best time to try to socialize your “semiaggressive, cautious, nervous” dog or cat. Yes, everyone wants to show off their babies, but this can quickly turn into an emergency, as a nervous animal around small children or strangers may bite. Yes, our pets are just as much a part of the family as everyone else, however be cautious when introducing them to new family members. Also, keep in mind that in the hustle and bustle dogs and cats can easily be injured, simply by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Furthermore, getting your pet microchipped is another good idea, just in case fido decides to take a holiday adventure through an unattended open door! 18
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Holiday “spring cleaning” is in the air! Holidays bring lots of visitors... which means cleaning house first. Be extra conscious as to the cleaning agents you use in your house, as pets can be very sensitive to these too. Carpet shampoos, bleach, ammonia and other various toxins can have a very serious impact on our four legged family members. When cleaning remember to properly ventilate areas, remove pets from areas where pesticides or other harsh chemicals are being used, and when cleaning pet areas remember to use pet friendly products. Everyone loves a clean home to welcome the holidays, just remember keep it healthy!
Get routine veterinary visits out of the way early! Everyone wants to be healthy to bring in the new year, especially our furry friends! Ensuring your dog is healthy prior to the holidays can decrease stress for not only you, but for them too! Holidays are a great time for gathering, fellow pets included. Ensuring your pet is up to date on vaccinations, has a negative fecal exam, and is overall healthy, can not only help your pet in the long run, but can also help in preventing the spread of disease during the holidays!
Have a happy and safe holiday season, and don’t forget about quality time for our furry friends as well! Town Center Animal Hospital - 3565 S. Town Center Dr., LV, NV 89135 www.towncentervet.com