Anxiety on New Years

Happy New Year Vetco

Anxiety on New Years

Happy New Year VetcoSo many of our pets hate New Years eve. It is loud. Everyone stays up late. There are fireworks. It is basically everything most pets hate.

When ringing in the new year, take some precautions to keep your pet safe.

Here are some tips to keep your pet safe on New Years Eve!

Alcohol – Don’t leave any alcohol where you pet can get to it. Dogs love to drink beer, and pretty much anything sweet. Sometimes cats will as well.  Just like you, your pet can get drunk. And just like you if they get drunk they can vomit, have diarrhea, pass out and have dehydration.

Food – A lot of people like to do special meals for New Years, make sure that if you share any of that food with your pet that it is safe for them to eat. Read out blog on human food that may kill your pets to make sure you are keeping them safe and not poisoning them.

Fireworks – A lot of people set of fireworks at midnight, and this can be very scary for your pets. Give them a safe place, that is dark, for them to hide. Your bedroom is often an ideal location. Give them blankets to go under. You may even want to put them in there before the fireworks start. This will help relieve their anxiety.

 

These are the big 3 things that can put your pets at risk on New Years. Help ring in a safe new year for you and your pet and take the precautions, they will thank you for it.

Safe for Christmas: Holiday Pet Safety

Safe for Christmas: Holiday Pet Safety

Holidays are so much fun, but they can also be dangerous. Make sure you know the risks for your pets so you can keep the safe.

If your cat or dog eats anything and becomes lethargic, has excessive diarrhea or vomiting, you should call your vet immediately.

Watch the Food

Chocolate

Chocolate is bad for cats and dogs. It can cause illness and even death. Keep your chocolate out of reach of your pets, like in a cabinet. Sometime counter tops are not out of reach enough, especially if you have cats that like to get on tables or counter tops. Another good idea is to explain to your kids why chocolate is bad for you pets so they don’t sneak them any sweet treats. Just because they are bad for your pets doesn’t mean that they wont beg for it, so stay strong and keep the chocolate for the humans.

Table Scraps

A lot of us feed our pets table scraps throughout the year, so you might ask why you can’t give them table scraps now. But Christmas table scraps are different from normal food because of the different ingredients in the holiday feast. Many of the spices used in traditional holiday food is toxic for your pet and can cause some pretty serious reactions, onions and Turkey bones not being the only danger.

So if you do give your pup some turkey, make sure the skin is off and there are no bones or gravy.

Watch the Tree

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We all love the big beautiful Christmas tree. However, these trees can be heavy and could hurt your pet if it fell over on top of them. Make sure that you have a properly fitting stand and that your tree is secured so it can’t fall over.

Some pets like to eat the tree. Fir trees (Christmas trees) are mildly toxic and can cause mouth and stomach irritation. You may notice your pet vomiting if they have been chewing on your tree.

The tree water is also very tempting, but has the potential to be hazardous. The water may have pesticides, preservatives or fertilizer. It is also common for people to put Asprin in the water which can be dangerous for your pet. Though vets often prescribe Aspirin, it is  given in very low dosage and the content in the water can be higher than the recommended dose.

String and Tinsel

We love to put string, tinsel and ribbon on the tree and your pet loves that you put them on. To them they look like wonderfully sparkly toys to play with and chew on. Swallowing string and tinsel can cause serious gastrointestinal problems, so make sure they are either secured firmly to the tree or out of reach of your furry friend.

Christmas Lights

Christmas lights set the mood for the whole season. But do you remember that scene from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation when the cat bites the string of lights? Well, as funny as the scene in the movie was, in real life it is not so funny. Cover any wire on the ground with a wire cover (tape will work) to keep exposed wire covered so your dog or cat cannot chew on it.

Watch the Plants

Mistletoe and Holly are the most toxic of the holiday plants. Mistletoe will cause gastrointestinal upset and in bad cases can cause death, though this is rare. Holly will have more serious effects, though the berries are the most toxic part and most places remove the real berries and replace them with plastic berries.  Poinsettias are not actually toxic for your pets. So feel free to decorate with this pretty festive plant.

 

Now you know the dangers of the season, go and have a safe and wonderful holiday with your family on  four legs as well as two. If you have any questions about your pets holiday safety, please call Vetco and we can answer your questions.

Amazing Pet Photos with Santa

The annual Pet Photos with Santa was incredible! We had an amazing time and Santa loved meeting all the great pets and people.  Paws and Stripes set up a table out side and raised over $500!  Erica Viking from 102.5 KYOT joined us as well and broadcasted live.  We had cats, dogs, birds and even ferrets come to meet Santa.  Thank you so much for coming out and make sure to join us next year as well!