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·  Bones- Small turkey and    ham bones can lodge in the throat, stomach and intestinal tract. In addition, fats, gravies and poultry skins can cause severe gastrointestinal problems and pancreatitis.

·  Holiday plants- Holly, mistletoe, poinsettia and other popular holiday plants can be toxic if eaten.

·  Electrical cords- Holiday lights mean more electrical cords for kittens and puppies to chew.  Make sure all electrical cords are in good condition and out of reach.

·  Christmas trees- Poorly secured trees can fall on rambunctious pets.

·  Pine needles- Ingested pine needles can puncture an animal's intestines.

·  Christmas tree water- Many of the additives used to keep Christmas trees fresh can be toxic if consumed.

·  Alcohol- Unattended alcoholic beverages can be extremely dangerous if consumed by cats and dogs.

·  Ornaments- Sharp or breakable ornaments should be kept well out of reach of curious paws.

·  Tinsel, yarn and ribbon-      Linear foreign bodies can become stuck in the intestinal tract, causing a blockage or perforating intestines. 

·  Exercise: Regular exercise has the obvious health benefits, but it also is a great time to bond with our pets. A simple daily walk helps a dog learn proper manners, provides some good quality time, and does wonders for the human counterpart, too! Keeping pets at the proper body weight reduces the risk of heart and joint problems, diabetes, and a host of other poor health conditions.

·  Health Check Up: A regular visit to your veterinarian is the best way to stay ahead of potential problems. Annual examinations of teeth, heart/lungs, and body condition overall will be less costly than waiting for a problem to develop and your pet suffering needlessly from complications of preventable problems. Having a good "baseline" of information about your pet also gives the veterinarian something to compare against & determine exactly what is wrong when something isn't quite right with your pet.

·  Good Nutrition: Animals that eat poor quality food just don't have the health reserves than those that a good balanced diet. Poor skin, hair coat, muscle tone & obesity problems can be a result of a poor diet. Also, pets are not humans - a diet rich in table scraps is not a healthy one & can lead to problems such as obesity & pancreatitis.

·  Good Grooming: Regular grooming - bathing, toe nail clips, brushing out coat, parasite control - not only make the pet more pleasing to be around, it is much healthier for them! For skin & coat problems that don't resolve with regular grooming, please see your veterinarian- there may be an underlying medical condition affecting the skin, coat, or toenails.

·  Safety: Keeping pets safe is something most of us take for granted. However, take a moment to assess the toxic chemicals used in your house and yard. Are they necessary? Are all safety precautions followed? Where are household chemicals stored? Can your pet access these items? If toxins such as rodent poisons are used, can your pet access the rodents? Think too about enclosures for pets -- is the fencing secure? Can your pet get caught or hooked up on the fence, a tree, etc. and choke or be stuck out in the weather when you are away?

·  Information: Being informed is the best way to keep track of our pet's health and well being. If possible, keep a medical log of your pet's vet visits, medications, special needs, etc. to help keep track of their medical history. Knowing what is normal & abnormal for your particular pet will help your vet figure out what is wrong in the case of illness. The Internet is a wealth of information, but caution is advised when seeking out a diagnosis or medical assistance via the web. Just as in real life, there is good & bad info out there. The only way to get an answer/diagnosis is through a thorough examination, review of history & possible lab work performed by your vet.

·  Love & Attention: This is probably obvious, but too many pets are left outside in all kinds of weather, with very little human contact. Same goes for inside pets -- those who are largely ignored for lack of time & busy human schedules. Take the time to focus on your pets & create/nourish that human-animal bond!

·  Volunteer: There are thousands & thousands of animals in need of help each day. This concept can be overwhelming for many people. Every little bit helps, though. Financial donations, donations of supplies or your time to a local shelter or rescue group is always appreciated & real live animals are being helped by your generosity.

·  Maintenance: This is the more "unpleasant" aspects of pet care- the litter box scooping, yard clean up, cage cleaning & fish tank maintenance. A clean environment for animals is a healthy one! Poor sanitation can lead to behavior problems (i.e. litter box avoidance) & health problems like skin infections & the spread of diseases.

· Be a Voice: Speak up when you notice neglected/abused pets in your neighborhood. This isn't pleasant, but if you can help even one animal escape a painful life, it is worth it. Shelters & rescue groups will thank you & most will accept an anonymous tip to help animals in need.

New Year’s Resolutions for Pet Guardians

by Janet Tobiassen Crosby, DVM                                                                                  

* Keep pets indoors. It is advisable to close the curtains and turn on the TV or radio to provide some distraction. A quiet place, such as a carrier, may provide your pet with a sense of security and comfort.

* Use leash/carrier.  If you must be outside with your pet, keep them on a leash/in carrier at all times.   

* Practice fire safety. Keep pet away from matches, open fires & fireworks -especially ones that are lighted on the ground. Pets may try to sniff (or eat) fireworks, and pet hair can easily catch fire if too close to the fireworks.                                  

* Take dog for a walk first. If possible, make sure that your animal has time to "use the restroom" before the fireworks start. Some pets are too frightened to void once the fireworks begin & may lead to an "accident" later on.    

* Make sure pet ID is current. Make sure your pet has proper ID tags, w/ current info, in case s/he gets away. This will help the local authorities (who are quite busy handling frightened runaways).


Thank you to all my wonderful clients!  Happy New Year!  All my best, Pam