Tuesday, 29 October 2013 09:37
Holiday Safety Tips from Midway Animal Hospital
The holidays are coming and it is a time meant for joy and happiness. Decorations, food and treats can pose some health hazards for your pets. Keep your pets happy and healthy during the holiday season by avoiding some common holiday hazards.
Decorations are pretty and eye catching to both people and pets. Although tinsel is not toxic, it is an irresistible temptation for most cats. Ingesting tinsel or ribbon can cause a linear foreign body obstruction. This occurs when the ingested material gets caught and bunches inside the intestines. This is a serious condition and immediate veterinary care and often, expensive surgery, is required.
Along with the holidays comes the sweet smell of sugar and spice from baked goods, candles and potpourri. Sweet treats can be too much for your pet especially if they contain chocolate. Chocolate is especially toxic in pets and some nuts can cause lethargy, vomiting and loss of muscle control.
Candles give your home a warm glow along with a warm scent. Be careful to place candles where they cannot be knocked over by pets. The aroma of some candles can be too tempting for pets who may want to take a taste. The electric or flameless candles pose the possibility of electrical shock if chewed.
Potpourri and other plants may be pretty but they can also be poisonous.
Pine needles from Christmas trees can cause oral irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, trembling and weakness.
Holly is pretty with its bright red berries and green leaves but can cause diarrhea, intense vomiting and depression.
Poinsettias are especially toxic to cats and cause irritation to the mouth and stomach as well as vomiting and diarrhea.
Kissing under Mistletoe is a holiday tradition but the plant causes significant vomiting and diarrhea, difficulty breathing, collapse, erratic behavior, hallucinations and possible death when ingested.
If you think your furry friend has ingested anything toxic, contact the veterinarians at Midway Animal Hospital by calling (770) 475-2003 or ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately.
With a few precautions our furry friends can enjoy the holiday festivities as much as we do. Our pets enjoy the safety and comfort of a regular schedule of events in their home. Visiting guests and holiday parties changes their routine and can cause stress, especially in older pets. Give your furry friend a quiet place to escape and familiarize your guests with your pets needs. Small children and a room full of guests can overwhelm and scare some pets. Stress from unfamiliar situations can show up as stomach discomfort, vomiting or diarrhea.
With everyone coming and going during the holiday season make sure to keep an eye on open doors. Now is a good time to update your pet’s ID tag and collar or have your pet microchipped in case they get loose.
If it all seems like too much for you and your pet to handle, we can take care of your furry friend during the party. Drop your pet off at Midway Animal Hospital and we will be glad to board your pet during the holiday season. We provide a clean, safe and quiet environment for you pet during the chaos of the holiday season. Make your furry friend's reservation early by calling us at (770) 475-2003 or clicking the link http://www.midwayanimalhosp.com/contact/request-an-appointment. You can also take a virtual tour of the boarding facility while you visit our website. Feel free to stop on by the hospital and we will give you a tour of the boarding facility so that you can see exactly where your furry friend will be staying and meet the caretakers.
While your pet is staying with us they can receive the royal treatment and get spruced up for the holiday season. We offer full service grooming, or if your pet does not need a trim, a bath will have them smelling and feeling festive.
Taking a few preventative measures before the holiday season is in full swing will lead to a much happier time for both you and your pet.
Senior Wellness Pet Care
Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever before. However with this increased lifespan comes an increase in the types of ailments that can afflict senior pets. As pets reach the golden years, there are a variety of conditions and diseases that they can face, including weight and mobility changes; osteoarthritis; kidney, heart, and liver disease; tumors and cancers; hormone disorders such as diabetes and thyroid imbalance; and many others.
Just as the health care needs of humans change as we age, the same applies to pets. It’s critical for pet owners to work closely with their veterinarian to devise a health plan that is best for their senior pet.
Wellness Blood Test Screening
The health and well-being of your four-legged family member are our priorities. Our pets cannot tell us what they need or how they feel. That is why preventive care is so important; it helps us stop problems before they happen. A vital service to safeguard your pet’s health is our Wellness Blood Test Screening. These tests permit us to assess each pet’s internal health. Studies show 10% of adult pets and over 20% of senior pets (7 years and older) have abnormal results revealed only through these wellness screens.
New Digital Radiography Services
Midway Animal Hospital is very happy to announce that we now offer Digital Radiography Services. This state-of-the-art system replaces traditional Xray Film and greatly improves the quality of our imaging services.
Understanding your pet’s blood work
Blood tests help us determine causes of illness accurately, safely, and quickly and let us monitor the progress of medical treatments. A checkmark in any box indicates a significant abnormal finding on your pet’s blood work. If you have questions, ask any staff member. We want you to understand our recommendations and be a partner in your pet’s care.