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Holiday Decorations

Holiday decorations are a staple of the winter season. Whether it be dangling ornaments, tinsel and garlands or decorative plant life, it is important to make sure your pets are not overly interested in the decorations.

Ribbons and tinsel are especially attractive and hazardous to cats. Keep an eye on electrical cords and tree lights to insure puppies and kittens don’t chew on them. It is also wise to make sure that you place your most delicate ornaments at the top of the tree so that your pets cannot knock them off the tree and accidentally break them.

Mistletoe and holly can cause vomiting and lilies are often deadly to cats. Poinsettias, despite their reputation, are not deadly but can cause some an upset stomach. If you have more questions regarding potential hazards to your pet please check out: http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com

Holiday Foods

It's the holiday season and what do we desire the most? FOOD! And so does our furry family members. Here are some foods and spices to keep away from your pets.

  • Chocolate - Baker's, semisweet and other dark chocolate varieties are the most dangerous. It can cause vomiting, hypertension, abnormal heartbeat and seizures. Keep all types of chocolate away from your pet.
  • Nutmeg - Small amounts of nutmeg may not cause any problems. Large amounts may cause mildly upset stomach, hallucinations, disorientation, increased heart rate, high blood pressure, dry mouth, abdominal pain, or seizures.
  • Cinnamon - A small amount of cinnamon powder will most likely not cause any problems but cinnamon essential oil—a common ingredient in holiday items like candles, soaps, wreaths and ornaments—can be an issue. If ingested in any of these forms may cause blisters in the mouth, vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Garlic and Onions - Cats tend to have more problems with these two then dogs, but can still be harmful if ingested. If your pet ingests an onion or a few cloves of garlic it may cause vomiting, diarrhea, increased heart rate and lethargy. Your cat is sensitive to garlic. One concern is red blood cell damage, which can lead to Anemia.
  • Salt - Ingesting to much salt may cause increased thirst, vomiting, diarrhea, a lack of coordination, lethergy, confusion or seizures.
  • Xylitol - Xylitol is a sugar substitute and is found in most sugar-free foods like chewing gum, candy, peanut butter and other foods. It can cause low blood sugar and liver toxicity in dogs. Make sure to read the labels of any treats you may give to your pet.

New Year’s Weight Loss

As the New Year begins, everyone is working on their New Year’s resolutions. One of the most common resolutions is weight loss. Let’s not forget to add our overweight pets into that plan. As reward-based training becomes more popular, so does pet obesity. This is a serious issue and obesity is a leading contributor to diabetes in pets. Overeating, a predisposition for obesity, lack of exercise and eating the wrong types of food are the most likely causes of your pet’s weight gain. Overweight pets may be suffering physically as a result of carrying the extra weight, and obese pets, like obese humans, do not live as long as their more active and weight appropriate counterparts. Obesity in pets is a condition over which the owner has significant control.

How Can I Help My Dog Lose Weight?

Although some dogs are prone to overeating, there are still steps you can take to minimize the weight gain. Feed your pet less food (try 3 small meals per day instead of one large one), minimize treats and snacks, and increase your pet’s physical exercise. Try taking them for more walks whether they be longer walks or more short walks throughout the day.

Call us today for more weight loss techniques and to discuss your pet’s nutritional health needs. We will partner with you to design a program to help your pet lose weight!