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October is Pet Safety Month

By October 23, 2019 October 25th, 2019 No Comments

As the weather begins to cool and the trees turn an array of breathtaking colors, let’s take a moment to consider what this means for your pets. Your pet is family and keeping family safe is what you do. There are a few things to keep in mind when you think of pet safety.

The first big holiday of the Fall comes along at the end of the month. Where’s the bag of Halloween candy I left on the table? Why are there so many wrappers on the floor? Wait how many wrappers are there? Oh no! That is how one simple question led to an evening at an emergency veterinary clinic for some of our clients. They spent the night watching their dog throw up chocolate and wrappers while the emergency staff sifted through it counting individual wrappers. Not knowing if Stevie would make it, they cried and chastised themselves for leaving the chocolate within their Weimaraner’s reach. It was up high on a counter in a bowl that should have been safe. He climbed on the table, then the counter and then destroyed the bowl during his mission to liberate the candy. It only took a few unsupervised minutes and the results could have been devastating, fortunately, he made it, but it was touch and go throughout the night.

There are many potential threats our pets face and not just candy related. Read on for a quick rundown of some other household hazards that pets often get into and what to do if they get into them.

Keep Food Out of Reach:

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, it’s not only chocolate that poses a threat to your pet but also grapes, onions, alcohol, Macadamia nuts and even artificial sweeteners such as xylitol. Rule of thumb: keep people food in cupboards or closed pantries. Check out this more extensive list published by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Not All Plants Are Created Equal:

Poinsettias are toxic to animals when consumed. Cats can climb and jump high. Eliminate the risk and consider fake plants, they last longer and are just as pretty.

Emergency Information:

If you believe your pet may have eaten something dangerous or toxic please call us immediately during business hours at 626-358-1146, for AFTER-HOURS EMERGENCIES please refer to our webpage to find an Animal Emergency Hospital near you! Bookmark our page and save it to your homescreen on your phone for quick reference.

If you are interested in more safety tips for pets call us today at 626-358-1146!