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Avoiding Holiday Hazards for Pets

Avoiding Holiday Hazards for PetsThe Holidays are filled with festivities, family, friends, food and a lot of dangerous elements for our pets that we often take for granted.

Veterinarians often see patients that have eaten decorations like broken glass ornaments and tree lights. They often see dogs that have ingested dangerous foods like chocolate, grapes, avocados or alcohol.

Broken ornaments and toxic fare are just the beginning of some of the hazards lurking around our homes during this time of year.

During this busy time, we’re more inclined to take our pets on the road with us, whether it’s to visit family and friends, or for an event, our animals are more apt to join us during the holiday season.

When traveling, dogs should be in a crate that is securely fastened by the seatbelt. They shouldn’t be allowed to meander freely around the car, due to this being a major distraction to the driver. Furthermore, the risk of them falling and hurting themselves is greatly increased. There are also seatbelts and restraints specifically made for dogs that may be helpful to keep them safe during a sudden stop or crash. Cats and other small animals should also be secured in the car, by making sure they stay in their carriers for the same reasons. If possible, it’s always easier to bring along another person to help you with all of the pets in your care.

Although they enjoy it, dogs should never be allowed to stick their heads out the window. Unfortunately, many dogs have been severely injured or killed by falling out of the windows of moving vehicles.

Always remember to travel with your dog’s leash, collar, ID tags and proper paperwork, like up-to-date vaccination records. The latter is especially important if you plan to fly with your pet.

Living in Florida, we’re blessed with warm weather all year long, but even in the winter months, when the weather feels cooler, the inside of a car can reach well over 100 degrees within minutes. Even with the windows cracked, you should never leave your pet in the car. It is one of the most tragic reasons that vets see patients for emergency visits. Pets can’t let themselves out; they depend on you to use caution and have their best interest in mind.

When you’re traveling with your pets, sometimes it’s helpful to administer some motion sickness medicine or an anti-anxiety remedy. There are also very beneficial natural alternatives available. It’s always best to ask your veterinarian about proper dosing and their recommendations for your specific pet’s needs.

Keeping your pets healthy over the holiday season is of the utmost importance to Best Friend’s Animal Hospital.

Best Friend’s Animal Hospital
Best Friends Animal Hospital believes in providing quality health care for your pet in a warm and welcoming environment. Their doctors routinely attend educational seminars in order to stay abreast of the latest medical treatments and technologies. Their hospital also prides itself on having state-of-the-art equipment including a digital X-ray machine and surgical laser, both of which are used in human medicine. The digital X-ray machine allows them to take high-quality radiographs in seconds and gives their doctors images with better diagnostic quality. While the surgical laser helps to decrease pain and bleeding as well as increase healing speed of the incision.

Best Friends Animal Hospital offers free 24-hour access to your pet’s medical record through a pet portal, as well as home delivery of your pet’s prescriptions through an online store. Their online pharmacy carries prescription medications, heartworm, flea and tick preventative, pet food, treats, and toys.

The doctors and staff are devoted to helping your pets’ live longer, healthier and happier lives because they understand what an important member of your family your pet. Their knowledgeable staff is available to answer any questions you may have, and they look forward to seeing you and your pet(s) soon. Please visit their website to find out more, or call them to book your appointment.

Best Friends Animal Hospital
239-768-7387
www.bestfriendsanimalhosp.com

 

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