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How To Prepare Your Pet for the Holidays

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Advice from Kenmore Veterinary Hospital on How To Prepare Your Pet for the Holidays

Think Twice About Table Scraps

The holidays are right around the corner and while sneaking your pet table scraps or letting them clean the dishes may seem harmless, many holiday foods can actually be harmful to pets. Keep your pet safe and be sure to keep them away from these foods:

  • Fatty Ham and Pork Products
  • Turkey Bones
  • Onions and Garlic
  • Stuffing
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Raisins and Grapes
  • Chocolate Desserts

Decking the Halls

Festive decorations can add to the holiday spirit but be careful where they are placed as they can be risky temptations for your pet.

  • Christmas Trees: Trees easily tip over from pets climbing or playing with the lights and ornaments. Do not add aspirin, sugar, or any additives to the water in the base of your tree as these can be toxic.
  • Holiday Decorations: Tinsel can be enticing but, if consumed, it can cause intestinal blockages and breakable decor can cause injuries.
  • Electric Lights: Chewing on cords can cause an electric shock and/or burns to the mouth.
  • Candles: Candles are attractive to pets (especially cats) so never leave a pet alone in an area with a lit candle as it could result in a fire.
  • Festive Plants: Keep poinsettias, lilies, holly, and mistletoe up and away from pets as they can be toxic if ingested.

Hostess With the Mostest

Be prepared:

  • Establish a quiet room or place for your pet to retreat.
  • Watch the exits when guests are arriving or leaving to ensure pets don’t get out.
  • Clear food from your table and counters.
  • Make sure the lids on trash bins are secure.

If you think your pet has ingested something poisonous and/or is showing symptoms of illness, contact your veterinarian or one of these helplines:

 Pet Poison Helpline – (855) 764–7661

 ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center – (888) 426-4435

 Poison Control – 1 (800) 222-1222

Senior Pets: What You Need To Know

Thanks to advancements in veterinary care, pets are living longer and healthier lives than ever before.  Regular veterinary wellness exams for your senior cat or dog become essential to their health as they age. Wellness exams at Kenmore Veterinary Hospital every 6 months can help detect and treat issues early.

The most common symptoms to look for in your senior pet are thirst, urination, and changes in appetite or energy. Other symptoms may include:

  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • House soiling (“accidents”)
  • Less interest in playing
  • Easily disturbed by loud sounds
  • Unusually aggressive behavior
  • Increased barking/meowing
  • Anxiety or nervousness
  • Confused or disoriented behavior
  • Increased wandering
  • Repeating the same actions
  • Not responding to voice commands
  • More grouchy or irritable than usual

For the month of September, Kenmore Veterinary Hospital is offering 25% off your senior* cat’s wellness exam! Book your cat’s appointment today.

Book your senior pet's wellness exam now

*Cats 7 years or older. Promotional discount expires September 30, 2018. Clients must book an appointment during the month of September to qualify. Discount only applies to Senior Cat Wellness Exam. Cannot be used on other services. Coupon only valid at Kenmore Veterinary Hospital in Kenmore, WA. Cannot be combined with other offers and is not redeemable for cash.  Must present coupon at time of appointment.

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