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Holiday Hazards for Pets

With the holidays approaching fast, many people are busy cooking, cleaning, decorating, and preparing for those seasonal celebrations. Your beloved pet is an important part of your family, and will be right by your side throughout this special time of year. However, the holidays do present some specific dangers for pet parents to be aware of. A Norwalk, CA vet lists some of them below.

Food

Many popular seasonal foods are not safe for our furry pals. And while some may only give your dog or cat an upset tummy, others can cause serious medical issues. Grapes, currants, and raisins, for instance, are extremely dangerous to dogs. Even eating a single grape can cause some pups to go into organ failure! Play it safe, and don’t give your pet anything that isn’t safe for them. Some other foods to avoid include garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; nuts; pitted fruit; raw dough or yeast; chocolate; alcohol; caffeine; and anything fried or sugary. Meat on the bone is also unsafe, as is anything that contains xylitol.

Decorations

Those pretty seasonal decorations can truly give your home a special glow, but many of them really aren’t safe for pets. Ribbons, tinsel, electric light strands, wreaths, and garlands can all choke or entangle frisky dogs and cats. Ornament hooks are also dangerous. We also recommend getting sturdy ornaments: the more fragile ones can shatter into dangerous shards if your furry friend knocks them down.

Plants

Toxic plants are one of the most common household hazards for pets, and the holiday season is no exception. Holly, ivy, mistletoe, lilies, and poinsettias are all toxic to Fido and Fluffy. Pine needles—both real and artificial—are also hazardous. Err on the side of caution, and keep plants away from those cute paws. If you get a real tree, you’ll also need to cover the water bowl. The water may contain residue from pesticides, fertilizers, and other chemicals. These definitely aren’t safe for pets to drink!

Guests

Stress and anxiety can also take a toll on our furry buddies. Some pets get very nervous when there’s a lot of commotion. If your animal companion is a bit anxious, consider putting him in a quiet back room with food, toys, treats, and comfy bedding when you have guests.

Happy Holidays! Please call us, your Norwalk, CA vet clinic, anytime. We are here to help!

6 Things Your Dog is Really, Really, Really Thankful For

Thanksgiving is coming up quick! We are definitely looking forward to enjoying a delicious meal with friends and family. However, it’s also important to remember the meaning behind the holiday: gratitude. Dogs are definitely something to be thankful for! But if Fido could say what he appreciates most, what do you think he would list? A Norwalk, CA vet makes a few educated guesses below.

Walks

Those daily jaunts aren’t just important for sanitary purposes. They’re crucial to Fido’s health and happiness. Just like people, dogs need regular activity to stay healthy. Walking also helps your pooch burn off any excess energy he has. This can be really helpful for curbing bad doggy behaviors, like digging and chewing. Plus, the fresh air and sunlight, and change of scenery are also great for your canine friend.

Treats

If there’s one thing that’s bound to get that cute tail going, it’s the thought of a yummy snack. Fido certainly does love food! Offer your pet some cooked, plain turkey, without the skin, bones, or fat. Your pooch can also have cooked squash, pumpkin, sweet potato, peas, carrots, or spinach. Ask your vet for more information on safe and unsafe foods.

Belly Rubs

Dogs are super adorable when they are getting attention. Your pup may close his eyes in sheer bliss when you rub that furry belly or scratch his ears. Pay lots of attention to your canine buddy!

Soft Beds

One of the best things you can do for Fido is make sure he has a nice, comfy bed. Sleeping on the floor is just as uncomfortable for dogs as it is for people! (Tip: orthopedic beds are great for older dogs and large breeds, as these pooches need extra support.)

Playtime

Man’s Best Friend is always cute, but he’s extra adorable when he’s feeling playful. It’s impossible not to smile when watching Fido running after his favorite toy. Take time to play with your dog regularly. This may be as much fun for you as it is for him!

You!

Dogs are very intelligent, and truly appreciate the love, care, and companionship their humans give them. Fido will repay you with cuddles, happy dances, tail wags, and puppy smooches. What more could you ask for?

Happy Thanksgiving! Please contact us, your Norwalk, CA vet clinic, anytime. We are here to help!

Adopting a Senior Cat

November is Adopt a Senior Cat Month! This is one cause we are happy to support! We love seeing sweet older cats get a second chance at happiness. Here, Norwalk, CA vet discusses adopting senior cats.

Benefits of Adopting An Older Kitty

Senior cats have a very hard time getting adopted, which is very unfair. It’s a wonderful feeling to know you’ve saved an animal’s life! Fluffy is not only super sweet and lovable, she’s also very calm. Bonus: You won’t have to worry about your pet pouncing on your toes in the middle of the night, or knocking everything off your countertop.

Getting Prepared

Keep Fluffy’s age in mind when you go shopping. Choose a litterbox with low sides, which will be easy for her to get in and out of. Your pet will need some toys, but overall you’ll want to focus more on keeping her comfortable than keeping her entertained. If you get kitty furniture, choose pieces with a bottom level that is close to the ground. This will be easier for her to get on and off.

Helping Fluffy Settle In

Going to a new home is a big deal for a cat. Fluffy may need time to adjust. If you have other pets, make introductions slowly, over the course of several days. A few simple touches can help make your home more comfortable for her. Leaving a nightlight on after dark will help her get around at night. Pet ramps or stairs can also be beneficial.

Veterinary Care

A trip to the vet’s should definitely be on the agenda for that first week or so. Most likely, Fluffy will already be fixed, but you’ll want to make sure that she is microchipped and current on her vaccines and parasite control. A thorough exam is also a must. While you’re there, ask for tips on your cat’s diet and care needs.

Getting That Motor Started

Some cats will immediately make themselves at home, and hop into your lap on Day One. Other kitties are much more shy. Don’t force attention on your feline friend at first. Just focus on giving her good care. Toys and treats will help win her trust. You’ll have purrs and cuddles before you know it!

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Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Halloween is almost here! This can be a dangerous time of year for our furry friends. Read on as a Norwalk, CA vet offers tips on keeping your furry friend safe.

Secure The Candy

Candy is a big part of many autumn celebrations. Those sweet treats can be very dangerous for your furry pal, however. Many contain things like nuts, chocolate, raisins, and xylitol, which are all toxic to pets. Your dog or cat could also choke on a hard candy or a candy wrapper. Keep the candy dish in an area your pet can’t get to, and offer them a more suitable treat, like some shredded deli meat.

Keep Pets Indoors

Increased traffic is a big concern around Halloween. If you have a dog, keep him on a tight leash when you are walking him. Pranksters, unfortunately, can also threaten pets at this time of year. We always recommend keeping cats inside, but that goes double for Halloween. Don’t leave Fido in the yard long, especially after dark.

Decorations

Decorations can be quite dangerous to our furry buddies. You don’t want Fido knocking a jack-o-lantern over, or Fluffy eating fake spider webs! Keep anything that your pet may try to eat or play with out of paws’ reach!

Give Fido Time Off Door Duty

Many of our canine pals love to let us know when there is someone at the door. A steady stream of trick-or-treaters can be a bit much for Fido, however. He could also get frightened or agitated by the costumes. Keep your furry friend safe and sound in a quiet back room with food, toys, treats, and bedding when the doorbell starts to ring.

Costumes

We know, pets can be really cute in costumes. However, many cats feel very constricted and frightened in clothing. Fluffy is much more comfortable in her own fur coat! As for Fido, if you do decide to dress him, make sure not to put him in anything tight, hot, itchy, or constricting. Items with small parts, like buttons, are also dangerous, as dogs sometimes try to eat their outfits. Once your pet is dressed, keep a close eye on him. If he seems hot or uncomfortable, take his costume off.

Please reach out to us, your Norwalk, CA vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. We are here to help!