The Healthy Pet
Don’t forget pet safety during the holidays.
By Annette M. Dixon, DVM
As the holidays near, do not forget about the health and safety of your pets. Many of the holiday festivities can be dangerous to your pets. A little awareness and caution can keep you holidays from being interrupted by a visit to the veterinary ER.
Pets usually do not do well with a change in diet. Sharing the food off of your plate can be enough to cause gastrointestinal upset. Fatty, rich foods can be particularly harmful.
Chocolate candy, sugarless gum, raisins, grapes, bones, electric cords, open flames, tinsel, ribbons, poinsettias, holly berry plants and mistletoe are all possible toxins to your pets. Err on the side of caution and don’t let your pet be around these dangers.
If you plan on using grooming and boarding services during the holidays, plan ahead. Make sure your pet’s vaccinations are current and up-to-date. Don’t wait to last minute to find out your pet is not properly vaccinated.
For medical questions, please call the Clarksville Veterinary Clinic at 573-242-3444. For grooming and boarding questions, please call Clarksville Grooming and Boarding at 573-560-3233.