Page 1


Submit story ideas to |

Holiday giving for your pet By Dr. Jen Emerson-Mathis, Family Pet Veterinary Center he holiday season means toys and treats, not only for our human kids, but also for our kids of the furry variety.Your pets don't know that the holidays are near, but they can sense that something special is going on, and they like to get in on the fun just like people do. With the number of different pet toys available, it is often hard to know which ones are best for your pet. All too often toys and treats are ingested, causing intestinal blockages. Choose safer toys for your pet like “Busy Buddies” and the “Blue Kong.” No toys are indestructible, however, the “Blue Kong,” if ingested, is one of the few toys that will show up on an x-ray, giving you and your vet the ability to “see” the next step. So it is very important, especially in growing puppies and kittens, to replace your pets’ toys when they’ve out-grown them or they become damaged. Consult your veterinarian on which toys are recommended to ensure you are giving the safest toys to your loved ones. Turkey, candy, ham and cookies… all things that we love. But unfortunately for most pets, too many treats, or the wrong types, can cause severe stomach upsets and may lead to an emergency visit to the veterinarian. Specifically, bones, fatty foods, onions and alcoholic beverages should not be on your pet’s holiday menu. Chocolates, especially dark or baking chocolates, should never be given to pets. Even seemingly harmless treats, such as grapes or raisins, have caused deadly kidney damage to dogs.Ask your guests to honor your wish


and restrain from giving all “people food” to your pet. And what is the ultimate gift you can give your pets this holiday season? Well, the gift of fresh breath, of course. Preventing disease in your pet on a routine basis is absolutely the best gift you can give. The most overlooked problem in pets is dental disease. Each day plaque builds up onto teeth and hardens into a cement-like substance called tartar.Tartar contains bacteria which travel into the bloodstream and cause microscopic infections daily. These bacteria in the bloodstream are the leading cause for heart and kidney problems in dogs and cats. Only your veterinarian can remove this cement-like tartar. Home dental care is very beneficial to your pet as it delays plaque build up, however, it does not remove tartar. Keeping your pet’s teeth clean with once or twice yearly veterinary cleanings, along with home dental care, can add years and increase the quality of life for your pet. Ask your veterinarian about a dental exam today. If you have questions or would like to receive a free pet dental exam, contact us at the Family Pet Veterinary Center, 224-9750, AL

Information provided by Dr. Jen Emerson-Mathis, Family Pet Veterinary Center, 224-9750,


Adel Living 21

Adel Living Nov. 08  

Information provided by Dr. Jen Emerson-Mathis, Family Pet Veterinary Center, 224-9750,

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you