Posts Tagged ‘holiday’

Healthy Holiday Pet Tips

December 15, 2012

Christmas Trees– If you will have a real Christmas tree this year, make sure your pet is not able to drink the tree water. Keep the water covered. Sap from pine trees is dangerous if swallowed. Make sure your tree is stable. A secure tree will help to prevent injuries.

After you have decorated your tree, clean up any ornament hooks, ribbon, tinsel, etc. Pets love shiny things but they can get sick from ingesting decorations. Often, surgery is needed to remove these types of items. If you have a particularly curious pet, consider placing only wood or plastic ornaments on the bottom part of your tree.

Remember to turn off or unplug your tree lights when you are not around just in case your pet gets tangled in the lights.

Food– Your pet will be very interested in the delicious smells this time of year but table scraps should be avoided. Chocolate, alcohol, raisins can be toxic. Xylitol, an artificial sweetener, can also be toxic. Bones can cause choking, digestion problems and possibly a blockage which requires surgery.

Decor– Poinsettia, holly and mistletoe can be dangerous to pets. Keep pets away or buy artificial plants.  Burning candles that can be tipped over need to be moved out of reach of your pet.

Your pet’s holiday– The holiday season can be very busy. Keeping your pet in a routine will help limit your pet’s anxiety. Routine walks, feeding, and playtime is comforting. If your pet is shy around company, consider a quiet place for your pet to stay such as a bedroom or even a veterinary clinic to board for the day.

From the Veterinarians of Arrow Springs Animal Hospital 918-455-7107

Thanksgiving Tips for Pets

November 19, 2012

Don’t offer raw or undercooked turkey, which may contain salmonella bacteria.

Sage and many other herbs contain essential oils and resins that can cause gastrointestinal upset and central nervous system depression to pets if eaten in large quantities. Cats are especially sensitive to the effects of certain essential oils.

No Dough
Don’t feed your pet raw bread dough. When raw bread dough is ingested, an animal’s body heat causes the dough to rise in his stomach. As it expands, the pet may have vomiting, abdominal pain and bloating, which could become a life-threatening emergency, requiring surgery.

Be sure your pets keep their noses out of any batter, especially if it includes raw eggs. The eggs could contain salmonella bacteria that may lead to food poisoning.

 While you and your family are feasting, give your cat and dog their own little feast.    Offer them made-for-pet chew bones or pet treats. NO TURKEY BONES! You can also stuff their usual dinner—perhaps with sweet potato or green beans—inside a Kong toy. They’ll be happily occupied for awhile, working hard to extract their dinner from the toy. Just remember, it is best to keep pets on their regular diets even during the holidays.

From the Veterinarians of Arrow Springs Animal Hospital 918-455-7107

Halloween Safety for Your Pet

October 27, 2012

Protect your pets from pranks.

Don’t leave animals unattended outdoors on Halloween, the day before, or the day after. Cruel pranksters can hurt animals, especially black cats.

Don’t feed candy to animals.

Treats that are delicious for children and adults can be harmful or fatal to pets. They can choke on wrappers and chocolate is poisonous to dogs and cats. Keep candy out of the reach of pets and keep a lid on the candy you are handing out.

Do keep pets away from lit pumpkins.

Spooky colored candles and jack o`lanterns can singe pets’ noses and light fur on fire.

Don’t put a reluctant pet in a Halloween costume.

Some cats and dogs don’t mind dressing up but don’t force an anxious animal into a costume. Make sure your pet is comfortable, can see, hear and can move freely.

Do license  your pet.

Make sure your pet has a current pet license and consider micro-chipping your pet. This may help the pet get returned to you. Try to keep your pets away from the front door to avoid them getting out.

If you will be gone, make sure the pet is in a quiet room away from the front door in case your doorbell is rung.

The Veterinarians of Arrow Springs Animal Hospital 918-455-7107