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Valentines Day: Romantic and Dangerous

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valentines pet safetyValentines Day: Romantic and Dangerous

Valentines day is the national holiday for lovers. It is romantic and filled with chocolate and flowers and stuffed bears. However, it can be dangerous to your pet. Make sure you know how to keep your pet safe and keep your night romantic with your date and not your vet.

Dangers of Valentines Day

  • Chocolate! – Chocolate is poisonous to your dog! They love it and you cannot give it to them. If your dog gets into that box of chocolates, it can make him very sick.
  • Lilies- These are beautiful flowers that are common alternative to roses. However, if your cat eats them it can cause acute kidney failure within a day.
  • Roses – Not all roses are de-thorned. If your pet eats a stem with thorns it can cause damage to their esophagus, stomach and intestines.
  • Xylitol – This is commonly used as a sugar alternative in candies and gum. However, it can cause liver failure.

If you are worried that your pet has eaten one of your Valentines gifts, call your vet immediately.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Wishing you a very happy new year. We hope you had a safe and happy night ringing in 2015.  We look forward to seeing you and your fur babies this year. Make sure to keep an eye out for some of our great promotions and remember we are accepting exotic animals as patients.

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New Years Pet Safety Tips

New Years Pet Safety Tips

holiday-new-years-dog2New Years Eve can be an amazing night! Food, friends, drinks, fireworks, kazoos! But all of these things can be very scary, and sometimes dangerous for your pets.

Make sure that New Years Eve is a good time for your pets as well as you.

If you think that your pet may have gotten ill from eating something they shouldn’t, please call your vet immediately. Signs to watch for are vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, constipation and dehydration.

1. Fireworks: These are very pretty and your city, as well as your neighbors, might be setting them off. Though you might like them, you dog probably doesn’t. They are loud, sudden and can cause a lot of anxiety.  Make sure to give your dog a place to go to get away from the noise. Create a safe spot for them that is dark and quiet. Often times your bedroom is a good place, because it smells like you but is likely removed from the activity.

Did you know that one of the biggest dangers of fireworks is having your pet run away. They hear the noise and get scared. When dogs get scared they try to run away from what is scaring them. If your dog is outside, there is a higher risk of them getting out of the yard to try and escape the loud noise. Make sure you dog is microchipped, in case he does get out.

2. Gun Fire: Living in New Mexico I am sure you have heard all the gun shots going off at midnight. Like fireworks, their loud bang can be very scary for your dog. Give them a safe place to hide out during all the noise.

When a bullet is shot into the air, it has to come down eventually. Though this rarely causes any harm because the bullet has slowed significantly from its firing speed, it can still be a danger to your pet. Best to keep them inside and away from any friendly fire.

3. Food: The holidays are filled with great food and drink! But a lot of this is not good for your dog or cat, and some can even be toxic. Make sure to only give your pet dog or cat treats and keep the scraps on your own plate.

Some human food can just make your pet sick and some of it can actually kill them. It is better to be safe than sorry.

4. Balloons: Balloons, streamers, confetti and plastic hats are all a part of the New Years fun! However, these items are dangerous to your pet if ingested. Your dog or cat may want to play with these things, but a popped balloon, when swallowed, can be an immediate choking hazard. Streamers can get tangled up in your pets gut, when eaten, causing significant gastrointestinal problems.

Have fun and be safe for New Years!

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