Archive for the ‘Holiday Pet Health’ Category

5 Tips for Keeping Pets Safe This Halloween

The weather is getting colder, the leaves are starting to change, and it is looking a whole lot like everyone’s favorite spooky time of year – Halloween. While Halloween is a fun holiday for humans, it can be a frightening, stressful time for your pets. All the costumes, doorbells ringing, and decorations can pose dangers to your furry friends. To keep everyone safe this Halloween, here are 5 tips for protecting your pets:   Avoid Costumes You may think it is so adorable to see your cat or dog in that little costume you found at the store, but dressing…

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Giving pets as gifts – Good idea or recipe for disaster?

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Every holiday season, we have families looking to add new furry friends to their homes. Being pet lovers ourselves, we can appreciate the thought of adopting a new dog, cat, rabbit, or any pet, but sometimes these good intentions miss the mark.  Giving a pet as a gift doesn’t always end happily for the animal. It is true that pets bring us the utmost joy and friendship, but what many forget is the daily responsibilities that come with pet ownership. Here are some things to keep in mind if you are toying with the idea of gifting a pet to…

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Taking Care of Your Pets During the Holiday Hustle and Bustle

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November begins weeks of many wonderful fall and winter holidays. There will be lots of travel, incredibly delicious foods, family gatherings, and shopping. As much joy and pleasure these holidays bring to us, it can also bring a lot of stress and pressure to our pets. Here are 4 suggestions that pet owners need to consider during these next two months. Introducing New Friends Holidays are about getting together and sharing time with friends and family, pets included. Pets are usually comfortable with being introduced to new people, but if you are hosting a party, your pet can become overwhelmed…

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Awesome Pet Gifts for the Holidays

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‘Tis the season for giving, and we definitely don’t want to leave out our furry friends. They have give us endless love and joy so it makes sense we would want to give them a special gift for the holidays. Here are some awesome gifts that we really love!  As always, make sure the appropriate size toy for the particular pet is taken into consideration.

The Danger of Chocolate To Pets

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For a human, a few too many Easter eggs can be seen as a bit indulgent and lead to an afternoon on the sofa in a self-inflicted chocolate coma. But for a dog it can be potentially life-threatening and, in the most extreme cases, result in death. Dog owners are warned to be on high alert this Easter and ensure the chocolate is hidden away to ensure dogs are not harmed as a result of chocolate poisoning. With more instances of discarded Easter Eggs or half-eaten Crème Eggs lying around at Easter than at other times of the year, it…

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Easter Pet Safety And Hidden Dangers To Pets

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Easter Pet Safety & Hidden Dangers To Pets As you and your family prepare for Easter festivities here are some Easter Pet Safety tips. 1. Easter grass is a decorative must for Easter baskets but can signal danger for your pet if ingested. If eaten it can cause several health problems even death. Easter grass can wrap around your pets intestine and cut off circulation. It can also cause vomiting, choking, constipation, painful defecation and abdominal pain. Instead opt for a safer alternative, tissue paper or real grass. 2. No Chocolate! Dogs can’t resist something sweet to gobble on, including…

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New Year’s Resolutions For Pet Owners

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New Year’s Resolutions For Pet Owners Happy New Year from Falls Road Veterinary Hospital where we are dedicated to helping you give your pet a high quality of life! Our pets provide us with so much affection and unconditional love that we often consider them part of the family and may want to include them in our New Year’s resolutions.  The following are some ways to include your pets in your resolutions. Save Money At the top of almost everyone’s resolution list is to find ways to save money. Pet owners can help keep veterinary costs low by following a…

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Winter Hazards To Your Cats

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Outdoor cats depend on people for their warmth and survival during the winter months; special steps need to be taken to keep these cats safe. Holidays are a time for celebration but can pose multiple risks to cats. Lilies, chocolate, alcohol, ribbons, tinsel, and other common holiday items can all be dangerous to our feline companions. What You Need to Know Cats that spend time outdoors are exposed to various environmental and physical dangers. In the winter, cats are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia (low body temperature), just like humans. Cats should not be left outside for long periods…

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Holiday Hazards To Your Pets

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Holidays may be festive, but for most of us they are far from peaceful!  Left unattended, pets can get into mischief and serious trouble, so don’t forget to be prepared to protect your pets from these holiday hazards. Dangerous Foods Most people know about chocolate’s potential to be poisonous, but also make sure to keep pets away from sugar-free candy and gum (which may contain xylitol), raisins and macadamia nuts (often found in trail mixes, cookies, and candy), grapes, bread dough, coffee, and alcohol. “Other” Foods Remember to ask well meaning friends and relatives to avoid giving table food to…

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