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Holiday Season – Getting Through the Big Four

It’s that time of year when the celebrations seem to hit us one after another! Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years – whew!! The holiday season parties and family gatherings help to ease us into winter. As we quickly transition from one theme to the next new pet dangers are constantly popping up. A well-seasoned pet owner may know these dangers like the back of their pets paw! If you’re new to the pet game or even new to decorating or hosting holiday events in your home here are some top dangers to watch out for!

Pet Dangers for the Holiday Season


  • Chocolate or other candy – including their wrappers which can have remnants or prove to be choking hazards.
  • Loose parts of costumes or decorations, candles in pumpkins, chewable electric cords.
  • Strangers. People unfamiliar to your pet can cause stress and fear as can high traffic. Keep pets safe, even if it means temporarily confining them to a quiet portion of your home.


  • Bones, scrapes, and sweets! Make sure guests understand your rules about sharing food with your pets and keep pets out of areas where they can access human foods easily.
  • Chrysanthemums are a popular and lovely fall decor, but also deadly poisonous to dogs.
  • Hot things in the kitchen. Creating a delicious meal means lots of hot plates, pots, pans, and liquids. Tripping over a pet at the wrong moment could lead to more than just a ruined dish. Keep your pets safe by keeping them out of the kitchen during peak cooking times.


  • The chrysanthemums may be past their prime by now but poinsettias are just as deadly to your pets!
  • Chocolate! and all other holiday treats and sweets. Sugar is bad for pets.
  • Glass from broken Christmas lights and ornaments.
  • Wrapping paper, ribbons, tags, and bows can all prove to be choking and tangling hazards. Make sure your pets are well supervised if they like to frolic in the post-Christmas morning aftermath.

New Year’s Eve

  • Alcohol. Don’t ever give your pet alcohol or leave it where they can easily access it.
  • Confetti, ribbons, and small celebratory things can lead to digestive and intestinal issues in pets.
  • Chocolate and sweets. Yeah, we really like candies… Always keep them out of your pets reach!
  • High traffic, again, is a threat here, but doubly so if your guests are drinking. Unsteady feet don’t mix with little creatures at foot level.

Know your pet and always keep them in mind before, during, and after each holiday!

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Travel Season – How to Care For Your Pets!

The holiday season is fast approaching! Between the pumpkin spice, pumpkin pie, and roast Christmas goose there are lots of opportunities for travel. Traveling with your family doesn’t always mean traveling with your pet. What do you do when you have to be away though? This separation can be hard on you, but even harder on your pet since they don’t understand. Here are some of our top options for pet care while your celebrating!

Pet Options For Holiday Travel

  • Find a friend! – If you can’t be with your pet and have to go away overnight, finding a good friend or family member who your pet is familiar with to check on them. Having someone your pet loves visit, care for their needs, and spend a little play time with them is ideal. Your friend can’t make it every day? See if your pet can stay with them!
  • Take them with you! – If you can travel easily with your pet, why not? They can love road trips too! Map out a route with lots of pet friendly stops. Just make sure that the family or friends your traveling to are okay hosting your furry friend too! Check out these tips from Meeow Cat on how to travel with your cat!
  • Get a Pet Sitter! – Pet Sitters are great in lieu of a family member or friend! They will visit your pet, make sure they have food & water, administer medication, take them for walks, and sometimes, so much more! Our Pet Sitting services also include House Sitting! We’ll clean out the litter box and pick-up your dry cleaning too!
  • Find a Pet Boarder – This should be your last option. Even great boarding services still place your pet in an unfamiliar atmosphere with strangers and other pets. They can be exposed to illnesses and develop anxiety. They are also frequently more expensive that a pet sitting service.

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Thanksgiving Cooking Dangers and Your Pets

Two days until Thanksgiving and in some households the cooking has already begun! As the pressures of the holidays mount be sure you’re not overlooking your pets safety! We’ve done some of the work for you and put together a handy list of new risks you should be aware of as you gear your kitchen up!

Thanksgiving Cooking Dangers

  • Exposing poisons – Be careful while you hunt for that turkey platter or electric knife you only use once a year. In your rummagings, things like mouse poison, household cleaners or toxins, or other things you try to keep out of your pets space may become exposed or spill. Be aware of your environment, making sure once you’ve succeeded in your quest that the floor or counter is free of new debris.
  • New cords – With the unusually high volume of cooking it’s pretty common to break out new appliances or set things up in places you normally don’t. Make sure these are pet-free zones!
  • Food exposure – All those yummy smells are going to attract more than just your human guests! It’s best during the flurry of meal preparation to keep your pets put up. They’ll have a keen eye for dropped morsels and will likely be faster than you at the clean-up! While many things are harmless, a splatter of chocolate from your pie or errant bone can be lethal.
  • Hot things – Yes, you have hot things in your kitchen every time you cook, but this time of year it’s the volume of hot things that pose the risk. As you try to multi-task the danger to your pet (and yourself!) goes up! Try to not have more than one burner going at a time so you’re not handling boiling water, hot grease, and pans from the oven all at once!


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Don’t Overlook Your Pet This Holiday Season

With Thanksgiving a little over a week away, we are officially in the Holiday Season! If you’re like most people the holidays are a combination of enjoyment and stress. Unfortunately sometimes our furry friends are the ones who take the brunt of our stresses. As we travel to be with family, host parties or are away more frequently on family outings or shopping trips, our pets often get neglected and their needs can be overlooked.

  • If you’re the host – Make sure that your pets have a human-free environment set up just for them. Family gatherings and parties can be overstimulating to a social pet, and downright terrifying to the shy ones. Leaving a pet to mingle with the crowd sets them up for anxiety, being tripped over, or even getting into unhealthy foods or unsafe items. Set aside an area in a bedroom, laundry room, or master bathroom with your pets bed, food, water, and toys to give them their own quiet space away from all the hubbub.
  • If you’re travelling – Do your research before hand. Unless you’ve made plans with a trusty friend whom you can always call on to pet co-parent, plan. Since the holiday season is a popular time for travel, kennels and pet nanny’s may fill up quickly. It’s important for you to plan your pets care as far in advance as you can. Booking a pet sitter or kennel isn’t all their is too it either – you need be sure to pack things they need and leave notes about any special care. Don’t make your pets an afterthought!
  • If you’re away more often than usual – You don’t have to be travelling for your pet to get to missing you. If your social obligations are keeping you from home most of the day and evening, your pets are going to get lonely. Make time for your pet, and if you just can’t swing it, consider hiring a dog walker or pet nanny to temporarily fill your role.

We hope that you have a wonderful holiday season – and that your pets do too!

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Pilgrims and the Role Dogs Played In America‏

Throughout history evidence of man’s best friend can be found playing an important role in many societies – even with the pilgrims! Life was hard for the pilgrims who set out on those first ships from England to explore a wild territory. It’s no wonder they brought at least two dogs with them to the new world. Back then dogs were not just great companions. They were used for protection and hunting too.

Pilgrims & The Mayflower Dogs

The two dogs we have a record of making the journey across the sea were written about in the journals of the ship’s passengers. They were said to belong to a John Goodman and be a Mastiff and a Spaniel. Mastiffs have a long history of being used in ancient cultures for hunting. Some even depict them as killing lions. In England, where the Mayflower departed from, they were commonly used by the upper classes as guard dogs. Spaniels were often trained as hunting dogs and some breeds are considered water dogs.

History did not record the names nor what became of the fearless dogs. It does record an account of two pilgrims who became lost in the woods after gathering thatch and were left to spend the night in the frozen forest with only the dogs for warmth and protection. They miraculously made it and recorded their story forever immortalizing the two nameless pets that accompanied them across the Atlantic ocean.

We know that dogs were brought over on the Mayflower, but there has been no historical mention of them at the first Thanksgiving. One may find them featured in a painting or two and it’s likely if they were brought over, that there were still some hanging around by the time of the first big harvest.

Native Americans had fostered relations with dogs from their first arrival on the American continent during the ice age. Much like the ancient Europeans, the dogs of the Americas had also been domesticated from wolves and coyotes.

The early days of the Pilgrims were blessed with the knowledge given them by the Native Americans and were likely able to continue the familiar companionship with dogs even after the Mayflower dogs expired.
This Thanksgiving, don’t forget to be thankful for not only your pooch, but for all the dogs that have abandoned their wild ways to stand loyally by humans and help guide us through our hardships.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving Scraps and Your Pet‏

As Thanksgiving fast approaches family visits and meal plans are being laid out all across America! Most family meals for Thanksgiving are composed of “traditional fair” and can be found in almost any home. During a time of celebration and goodwill it’s easy to want to share your good spirits and fortune with your pet too. Just what is a treat or a toxin for your pet amongst those leftovers though? Let us break it down for you!

What to share and what to spare this Thanksgiving!

Are These Thanksgiving Treats Pet Safe?

  • Turkey – Turkey is a great holiday treat for your pet! Just remember to be smart about it. If your pet is watching their waistline be sure to stick to light meat instead of dark. For safety be sure to remove any bones too. They can be a choking hazard or get lodged in a pet’s GI tract.
  • Stuffing – Skip the stuffing when it comes time for pet treats. Most all stuffing (even the boxed mix) will contain garlic and/or onions which aren’t good for pets. Most recipes also contain lots of butter and fats.
  • Green Bean Casserole – Absolutely not! For many of the same reasons with the stuffing – the onions and fats. If your pet is hanging around the kitchen while your cooking though, feel free to toss them a green bean or two though!
  • Pumpkin Pie – Not the best option for a pet treat. Sugar is never good for a pet. If you just can’t stand the idea of your pet going without a dessert, consider a very small amount of cool whip – or make your own pet treats!
  • Cranberry Sauce – Skip it, especially if it has other ingredients mixed in like raisins or nuts – both of which are harmful to pets.
  • Mashed Potatoes with Gravy– If it’s just plain mashed potatoes with a simple pan gravy then it’s just a matter of fats and your pet’s waistline. If your family likes to toss in chives, garlic, or onions though, keep it above the table top!
  • Dinner Roles – Feel free to toss unbuttered rolls to your pet! If your recipe contains sugar though, keep it to a minimum!
  • Sweet Potatoes – Plain sweet potatoes can be a great treat for your pet! Some people even like to dehydrate them as pet treats! If you’re making them candied or into a casserole with marshmallows, sugar, or nuts, avoid this entirely! Though fully expect them to give you “the eyes”.
  • Deviled Eggs – Eggs are generally fine for pets. In fact some pet owners like to mix egg into pet food one a week to increase coat shine. The many additions that can go into deviled eggs may cause belly upset though. Use your knowledge of your pet’s eating habits and your recipe to determine if one would be okay!

Before the hubbub of the feast try to let guests know (especially children) if they share with your pet. If keeping an eye on everything is too much for you consider confining your pet to a separate room during meal time. This will allow you to be the one to divvy out treats during clean up so you know exactly what your pets getting into!

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Happy Thanksgiving and Remember to Keep Your Pets Safe

We want to wish all of our clients and our furry and feline friends a Happy, Wonderful and Blessed Thanksgiving! Remember to keep your pets safe and out of areas that are easily accessible to them and potentially dangerous. We’ve posted on this before, but here are a few reminders for those who want their pets to be included in giving thanks and eating.

You can give your pets:

  • Turkey– good for them and you, as it’s lean and full or protein. Make sure it’s given to them without bones or excess skin or fat.
  • Mashed potatoes– Has to be plain with no additional ingredients.
  • Cranberry sauce– watch the sugar, though.
  • Macaroni and cheese– watch the ingredients, and monitor if your pet’s stomach can handle it, because they can become lactose intolerant too.
  • Green Beans– Plain green beans are best, and not part of a casserole with additional ingredients.

Do not give your pets:

  • Onions, garlics, leeks, or scallions- Large portions of these foods can lead to toxic anemia.
  • Grapes– they cause kidney failure.
  • Sweeteners– like Xylitol, as they are poisonous and deadly.
  • Always no to chocolate– it’s very deadly to pets.
  • Always no to alcohol– a small amount can be very toxic for an animal, and can lead to alcohol poisoning.


Give Your Pet a Thanksgiving Feast Too

Did you know that you can feed your pet several ingredients that you’ll eat on Thanksgiving too? Does that make you feel better knowing that your pet can have some of the same foods that often times you think they can’t have, and you feel bad when the aroma reaches their nose and their smelling the air and looking at you like “Why can’t I have any?” Many animal lovers and owners don’t want to feed their pets from the table, or have them making a meal out on the food we eat, but with this Thanksgiving meal for your pet, you can’t go wrong.

According to veterinarian and owner of six dogs, Dr. Jyl Rubin, states that your pet can enjoy their own special meal on Thanksgiving. How easy is it? All you need is:

  • Crockpot
  • Ground Turkey Burgers
  • Lowfat Organic Turkey
  • Salmon
  • Celery
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Butternut Squash
  • Zucchini
  • Cranberries

Why are these ingredients good for our pets? Says Dr. Rubin, “the way we eat is the way our pets should eat — organic, nice and whole fresh foods.” The benefits of some of the ingredients are:

  • Fiber
  • Urinary health
  • Omegas

However, Dr. Jyl does suggest and warn a few notable points; be sure to skin the salmon and meat (ensure skin is off), use low-fat meat in case of any gastrointestinal issues, and pets who have arthritis should not give their pets rhubarb, eggplant or tomatoes.

Do you feed your pets special meals on Thanksgiving? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: http://www.boston.com/community/pets/blogs/pet_chatter/2013/11/how_to_cook_a_hot_meal_for_you.html

Keep your Pet Healthy and Safe This Holiday Season

During this busy and hectic holiday season, there is a rise of pets entering veterinary clinics, because either they have ingested something they shouldn’t, or something is out of the ordinary that places your pet’s health at risk. Leaving out foods and other items that are hazardous to your pet’s health can be avoided by putting things up out of a pet’s reach, and knowing what’s in it that can harm them.

The following is a list of the most common complaints veterinary clinics receive.

  • Gastritis– In other words, stomach inflammation, and the symptoms are mostly vomiting.  This occurs by your pet ingest something other than food.
  • Enteritis– This is intestinal inflammation, with symptoms of diarrhea. Like gastritis, is caused by ingesting something your pet shouldn’t, and is also caused by bacterial infections.
  •  Colitis– Intestinal inflammation in the colon segment of the intestine, caused by infection and stress. Symptoms are diarrhea that is bloody and full of mucous.
  • Pancreatitis– Inflammation of the pancreas, caused by eating an overzealous amount of food high in fat. This can become a life-threatening condition that can cause excessive diarrhea, vomiting, along with extensive dehydration. Take it easy on the table scraps, so to speak!
  • Gastric foreign body– This occurs when an object like toys, balls, or anything foreign ingested by a pet, gets stuck in the stomach. Vomiting is a common occurrence, and sometimes it has to be surgically removed.
  • Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis– Bloody vomiting and diarrhea, and occurs when the pet has ingested garbage (trash) of spoiled food, commonly known as “garbage gut.” This is a very serious condition, as the bacteria from the spoiled food causes toxic-shock like reactions, and the pet needs to be treated immediately.
  • Intestinal foreign body– Results when an object gets lodged in the intestine. This is one of the more serious conditions, as it is most commonly treated with surgery, because blockage has occurred.
  • Methylxanthine toxicity– Probably the most dangerous, as too much chocolate acts as a stimulant, resulting in tremors and chocolate toxicity. Other serious symptoms include seizures and severely elevated heart rates. Treatment depends on the amount and type of chocolate your pet consumes.

Hopefully, none of these will be a problem in your furry and feline household. If it does happen, please take adequate and proper precaution, and consult with your veterinarian as soon as possible. Do you have any other recommendations of what to watch out for with your pet getting into during busy and rushed seasons?

Article Source: http://www.pantagraph.com/blogs/ask-a-vet/dc4348d4-4ad0-11e2-ab00-001a4bcf887a.html

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