Holiday Safety For Your Pet
It’s the time of year when we all get caught up in the hustle and bustle. It can be easy to get so busy that we forget about the added dangers to our furry family members. This list is a quick reminder of things for you to look out for to make sure you ensure holiday safety for your pet. For a more complete list visit the pet poison helpline at www.petpoisonhelpline.com
- Greenery: poinsettias, lilies, holly and mistletoe are the most commonly seen plants at this time of year. Lillie’s are so toxic that even the water it sits in can cause kidney failure in cats. If your pet gets in to any of these plants, see your veterinarian immediately.
- Food: anything that is high in fat can cause gastroenteritis in your pet. In more severe cases it will cause pancreatitis, which will require hospitalization to manage. Do not feed them table food. Items that are toxic that they can easily accidentally get in to include grapes, raisins, chocolate (any variety including cocoa powder), xylitol (found in sugarless gum and candy), onions and garlic.
- Alcohol and marijuana: with marijuana being legal in many states, we are seeing more and more overdose in pets. Watch the edibles closely!
- Outdoors: Use pet safe ice melt only. If your furry family member does walk through standard ice melt, be sure to wipe down their paws before they have a chance to lick them. It can be very toxic as well as cause burns on their pads.
Remember, this list is not all inclusive so be sure to just use common sense. If your furry family member does get in to something, and you are not sure if it is harmful, be sure to call you vet. If you are in the Denver area feel free to reach out to us at www.gentletouchanimalhospital.com or 303.691.3720. Otherwise call the pet poison hotline at 800.213.6680.
Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are not only living longer, but they are doing it with better health and energy. Because of this, it is critical that pet owners utilize all of the advances that veterinary medicine can offer to help them age gracefully. For more specific details visit www.dogagingproject.com You must also understand the lifespan of your particular species and breed to understand what their age related needs might be. Your veterinarian can make the necessary recommendations.
Here are 4 steps that help your furry family members age gracefully:
- First and foremost is keeping your pet at a healthy weight. Excess weight leads to joint problems such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and much more. Proper diet, excersice and with large breeds, joint supplements can and will help.
- Preventive exams are critical. You might think fluffy is doing fine, but animals are excellent at hiding symptoms. Your vet will discover potential problems well before you can through a complete physical exam, bloodwork and preventive dentistry. If your pet has a chronic health problem, it is recommended that they visit their vet at least twice a year. Learn more about preventive care in pets
- Exercise them. We cannot say enough about the importance of this. Even at an increased age they need exercise. Just make it moderate intensity if needed!
- Give them love and affection. Their emotional well being has a strong impact on their physical well being.
This list is not all inclusive but it is a good place to start. As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at 303.691.3720 or firstname.lastname@example.org. www.gentletouchanimalhospital.com
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