And for the puppies in training it’s Happy Birthday time! Yes believe it or not the puppies are almost a year old now. So many milestones and so many memories. The progress the puppies have made is amazing. Congratulations puppy raisers on a great job. It is almost time to pair your puppy with their client. We have several prospective clients but we have not made a decision on who exactly the puppies will be paired with yet.
Who doesn't love the holidays! As you get ready to decorate and have a good time, don't forget about your pets!Please make sure that your puppy gets to meet Santa. Whether you believe in him or not the puppy will have contact with this Jolly Old Elf every single year so get them prepared and let Santa give them a treat. Most malls let the service dogs in training meet Santa for free.
Decorations are beautiful, but you have to watch out! Puppies are attracted to tinsel, yarn and ribbons. If they swallow them, it can be dangerous. (My mother had two whippets who “helped” with the tinsel on the tree and ended up with a $3000.00 vet bill for emergency surgery to unblock the intestines)Dogs will go after your ornaments. If ingested, it could lead to blockage of the intestine. And if glass they can actually cause lacerated intestines.Holiday plants are nice, but keep in mind your holly, mistletoe, poinsettias and lilies can be life-threatening to animals. And--pine needles can lead to intestinal irritation or obstruction.Watch out for those Christmas lights. They can be dangerous if the cords are chewed. And we all love holiday sweets, but watch out for the chocolates. The darker, the more toxic.
Holiday foods to watch out for:
onions present a serious risk to dogs and cats — they can trigger hemolytic anemia, a condition that can be fatal if too many red blood cells are damaged. Everyone knows not to give the dogs chocolates. The darker, the more toxic. Walnuts, Avocados and tomatoes. Turkey is fine for pets. Be sure to avoid the skin and bones! Turkey skin is usually fatty and too rich for most pets. Excess fatty foods often lead to upset stomachs along with vomiting and diarrhea. Consequence of repeated episodes of vomiting often lead to an inflammation of the pancreas, called Pancreatitis, which if left untreated can result in Diabetes.
Poultry bones, especially when cooked, splinter easily and can perforate your pet’s digestive tract or in some cases block or cause an obstruction of the intestines which requires costly surgery to correct.
Other foods to avoid include: grapes and raisins, excessively salty foods,foods flavored with excess onion and/or garlic powder, coffee, Macadamia nuts, sweets containing Xylitol and artificial sweeteners.
Having a secure pet proof lid on your trash container helps to eliminate pesky problems with” garbage hounds.” Remember, keep your trash can secure. Many of the items we use to prepare festive meals can be dangerous for dogs and cats. For example, the turkey string and foil wrappers still smell good to your pet even after you have tossed them into the trash.
Be sure your pet has a collar with updated ID tags just in case he or she sneaks out your front door and it is always a good idea to provide you pet with a place to retreat from the festivities and enjoy some R&R. Nervous and overly anxious pets might be happier avoiding large family gatherings, especially if young children are involved.
Keep current phone numbers for your veterinarian and the local pet emergency center in a handy place. A quick call to either can be a life-saver and may even help you avoid a trip to the ER.
Once you know your relative risks, you can be better prepared for them, and that can be as simple as keeping things closed. Puppies have eaten everything from diapers to bread dough. Our motto is if it’s small enough to get jaws around, bite a piece off or swallow, there’s a pet willing to try. Don’t give them the chance: Make sure problem items are safely put away. Keeping doors, drawers and lids closed will also help prevent pets from getting into trouble in another way: They'll be less likely to climb into something dangerous. Holidays often represent a break in routine, travel or the introduction of people who are not as pet-savvy, like your relatives. Remind them of pet-safe practices such as making sure not to leave medication on counters or nightstands. Holiday candies? Don’t leave those dishes where pets can reach them.
Remember that a dog will know if a gift contains something edible, even if you don’t. Ask your guests in advance if there is food inside the presents, and keep them out of your dog’s reach! Keep fragile ornaments toward the top of the Christmas tree; only place sturdy ones near the bottom. Often people use a pen to keep dogs away from their tree. Keep it fun by decorating the pen with ribbons.
And most of all enjoy your holidays!