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Thanksgiving is right around the corner

Holiday Tips

  Thanksgiving is right around the corner! It's that time again for the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Sometimes, we get so busy preparing for guests, parties, baking and cooking up a feast, that we don't pay close attention to what our furry family members are up to. Here are a few tips to keep your pets safe these upcoming months. 

  • When cleaning the house and preparing for company, be sure to keep cleaning products away from pets. They can harm pets in many ways from being poisonous if swallowed to burning their eyes and skin.
  • It's nice to have seasonal plants around the house to help get in the spirit. Remember to place them off the ground out of reach. Lilies, Poinsettias and Christmas tree water are all toxic to pets. Do your research before purchasing plants to know if they are pet friendly.
  • A lot of families like to throw holiday parties or have out of town guests. Observe your pet's behavior around visitors. If they act afraid or nervous place them in a pet friendly room to comfort them.
  • Now is a good time to consider having a Microchip placed. Pets that are overwhelmed can panic and run out of a door left ajar by someone unloading the car. If your pet has a microchip implanted, they can easily be traced back to you. Here at South Trail Animal Hospital, we can implant a microchip and register your pet with HomeAgain.
  • Christmas tree scented candles can make your house smell glorious! Always keep candles away from all furry friends. An excited tail can knock over a candle quickly.
  • During the holiday the kitchen is an active place. Cookies and pies baking in the oven, gravy and green beans on the stove. As cute as your dog may look begging for some scraps, don't give in! Fatty foods can cause stomach problems, while bones can cause obstructions or choking.
  • Clean up the kitchen soon after eating so the four-legged thieves can't counter surf and pull food off the counter to the floor. Place leftovers in sealed containers and walk the turkey carcass and bones straight out to the outside garbage can. 

‚ÄčThe doctors and staff want to wish you and your pets a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

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