Happy Howlidays!

It's that time of year again - time to get out the snow shoes. But don't worry, it's not just snow and cold. The holidays are here, meaning that Santa Paws is back! Check out our announcements for the month of December!

Pack your bags, pack your car, pack your sleigh, but don’t let your pet pack on the holiday pounds.

The holiday season is upon us — a busy time of year for festivities, family and of course, lots of eating! Did you know that if a ten-pound cat ate just one ounce of cheddar cheese from your hors d’oeuvres, it would be the same as if a person ate three and a half hamburgers or four chocolate bars? Gaining those “holiday pounds” is not just a problem for humans, but also for our four-legged friends.

Research shows that pets are more likely to gain unwanted pounds during this holiday period than any other time of year. What pet can resist a potato chip, onion dip or chocolate? (Wait, you know better than to feed them that!)

Obesity is the leading medical problem in pets. When a pet is too chubby, not only may they have little energy to walk or play, but studies have also shown that pets who are overweight may have a shortened life span.

How can you tell if your pet is at the right weight? It can be hard to know because for many pets, they don’t get a big round belly. Instead, the extra fat is well hidden inside your pet’s body, tucked between their vital organs. So let us check! Our veterinary practice team has a trained eye to best assess your pet’s weight. Bring your pet in for their yearly exam and we’ll take a look at their body condition and nutritional needs. If we determine your pet needs to lose a few pounds, don’t worry. We’ll come up with a plan that will keep you and your pet sailing through the holiday season.

Call us today to schedule your pet’s yearly checkup. Happy holidays, and remember, pack your suitcase. Pack a trunk. It’s even fine to pack a sleigh. But don’t let your pet pack on the pounds!

Dangerous Foods for Pets - Holiday Edition!

With extended family and children visiting around the holidays, they may be tempted to treat your pets. But a lot of our foods can be unhealthy – even dangerous – for pets. Instead, have a lot of pet-safe treats like carrots or dog biscuits available for those who love to spoil your pet. Here are some common holiday foods that should be avoided:

  • Eggnog or Alcohol - Alcohol is very dangerous for pets to consume even in small amounts. Guacamole dip - Avocado is a toxin to birds and rabbits, and the pits are a danger for obstruction in dogs.
  • Raisins & Nuts - This includes holiday cookies or breads with raisins or nuts.
  • Bones - ham, pork, beef, turkey or chicken. Bones can splinter, causing obstructions or GI upset. Bones can also fracture teeth leading to emergency (and costly) dental work.
  • Onions or garlic - or, dishes containing these ingredients can cause anemia in dogs.
  • Dairy, ice cream, yogurt - Most pets are lactose intolerant and can get diarrhea or gas
  • Chocolate - in any form, but especially dangerous is dark chocolate. Chocolate contains a toxin that can cause severe vomiting and diarrhea in dogs.
  • Fatty foods - Greasy foods can cause diarrhea, vomiting and discomfort. Some pets are more sensitive than others, so even a few licks of greasy food can cause irritation.
  • Caffeine - can irritate pets with heart conditions
  • Xylitol - an artificial sweetener found in gum and toothpaste which causes dangerously low blood sugar or liver damage.

As always, keep medications up and out of reach of pets. What’s safe for you may be fatal to our pets. You should always consult your veterinarian before administering any medication or supplement to your pet.

Holiday Hazards

Including your pet in holiday festivities is part of the fun! As you prepare for the holiday hustle & bustle, it’s important to keep your pet’s daily routine as normal as possible; what time they sleep, eat and go for walks are important to reduce stress in our pets. The biggest holiday hazard is the Christmas tree. All the decorations, strings, and tinsel are major areas of interest to pet. Securely anchor your Christmas tree to avoid falling over.

Keep plants and nature decor up and out of reach. Ingesting holly can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause GI upset and cardiovascular problems.

Tinsel-less Town! Keep this away from kitties! If ingested, may lead to obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery. Don’t leave lighted candles unattended. Pets may burn themselves or knock them over. Keep wires and any electrical equipment tucked away. A wire can shock your pet, burning their mouths.

If you host holiday parties, consider a safe space for your pet to retreat to. The noise and commotion may stress an anxious or shy pet, especially cats. Have cat food, water and litter in their quiet area for easy access.

Santa Paws

Join us on Saturday, December 10th from 9-11am or 12-2pm for free pet pictures with Santa and goody bags for your furry friend! Join in the fun by wearing your festive holiday sweaters! We’ll have our Smile for a Cause 2017 calendars for sale! While you’re here, enter to win a quilt sewn by our very own Dr. Vincent! All proceeds benefit the AMCare fund—helping pets receive emergency medical care.

Inside AMC

In November, our AMC Woof pack girls joined an indoor soccer league. Good luck, team!

This month AMC is getting a facelift! We are extending our porch over towards the sidewalk. This is the biggest change in our appearance since the last remodel in 2007!

We held our annual staff Thanksgiving Day potluck. This has been a tradition for many years now and it’s great to share a meal with our fellow co-workers. We have some great cooks on staff and we enjoy trying everyone's food!

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