A few tips to help keep your pet safe this holiday season, from our Medical Director, Dr. Sarah Machell!
There can be extreme temperatures during the holiday season, both hot and cold in some areas at this time of year! If your pet spends time outdoors, ensure adequate access to relief from the heat or the cold in the form of insulated shelter, and always provide access to fresh water. In colder climates be sure to watch for rock salt on sidewalks and roadways, as it can cause caustic burns and stinging to your pet’s footpads. Consider booties or applying commercial salves to your pet’s foot pads to protect them from the salt. Always be mindful in hotter climates of avoiding leaving pets unattended in cars, heatstroke can kill!
Certainly there are some human foods that are known to be a concern when ingested by pets. Watch out for onions/garlic, grapes/raisins, chocolate, avocado, plants (lilies, mistletoe, and poinsettias), and high-fat foods.
Keeping things like household/tree ornaments and tinsel, cooking implements (such as dish towels), bones from meats, or even avocado pits away from your pets is a great way to avoid any risk of ingestion.
Dangers of electrical cords, falling trees, and ornaments cause potential physical injury risks to your pet. As well, try to keep packaging or wrapping materials away from your pet as these can cause problems if ingested and even pose suffocation risks.
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As the weather starts to warm and our COVID-19 quarantine itches persist, we are all at a point where we want to get out with our pets to see a few new sights or visit some old friends and family. As we start to stretch our legs a bit, it will be helpful to remember a few tips to keep our fur babies safe and comfortable during any journey!
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