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Easter Hazards for Pets

Easter is coming up fast: the spring holiday falls on April 21st this year. This can be a dangerous holiday for pets! Here, a local Norwalk, CA vet offers some tips on keeping your beloved pet safe at Easter.

Dinner

Easter dinners are a big part of many families’ holiday celebrations. Keep unsafe foods away from your furry buddy. Some of these dangerous foods include garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; pitted fruits; sugary foods; nuts; mushrooms; alcohol; and meat on the bone. Grapes, currants, and raisins are also no-no’s, as are raw dough, meat, and yeast. We also recommend that dog owners use garbage cans with secure lids, just in case Fido gets any bright ideas about looking for leftovers in the trash.

Easter Baskets

The plastic ‘grass’ included in many Easter baskets is another hazard. Fluffy and Fido could accidentally (or, in some cases, purposefully) ingest it. This is a serious choking hazard! The grass can also cause dangerous intestinal blockages. Plastic eggs are another concern, particularly with larger dogs.

Weather

April can be hot, so get your pet ready for warmer temperatures. Make sure Fido and Fluffy always have plenty of fresh water and shade.

Chocolate/Candies

Keep those chocolate bunnies and eggs out of paws’ reach! Chocolate is toxic to pets, and can even be fatal in large doses. Smaller candies are also unsafe, as many of them contain xylitol, which is poisonous to dogs and cats. Candy wrappers and hard candies are concerning as well, as they can choke playful pets.

Guests

If you’re hosting a family gathering, keep a close eye on Fido and Fluffy, especially as people are coming and going. You don’t want your beloved pet slipping out through an open door or gate!

Bouquets

Flowers can add a lovely pop of color to any room, but keep those bouquets in spots your pet can’t reach. Many popular flowers, such as lilies, tulips, and oleanders, are poisonous to both dogs and cats. In fact, kitties can suffer kidney failure from eating just part of a lily!

Eggs

If you host an egg hunt, make sure that all the eggs get picked up. Missed ones will soon spoil … which won’t necessarily make them less appealing to your canine pal.

Please contact us, your Norwalk, CA vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

Holidays With Fluffy

The holidays are officially in full swing! At this time of year, we see lots of adorable seasonal photos of kitties being extra cute … and often, extra frisky. Here, a local Norwalk, CA vet discusses holiday cat care.

Gifts

Don’t forget to get something for your kitty’s stocking! Catnip mice are a classic holiday gift, and will always be popular with our feline pals. You can also try something more modern, like catnip bubbles, robotic mice, or mechanical fish that ‘swim.’ Want to go all out? Get Fluffy a comfy new bed, a window seat, or some cat furniture.

Decorations

Keep Fluffy’s safety in mind as you are decorating. Seasonal plants, tinsel, ornaments, ornament hooks, electric lights, ribbons, and anything small or sharp can all be hazardous. Candles, fireplaces, and potpourri burners are dangerous as well. Place these things out of paws’ reach!

The Tree

In the wild, trees provide kitties with lookout points, nail care stations, safety, and shelter. In your living room, they’re basically just fun for Fluffy. Pick a tree with a sturdy base, and secure the top to the wall or ceiling with fishing line. Decorate the bottom part of the tree sparsely, using only sturdy ornaments that won’t break. You may also want to tire your cat out with fun play sessions, so she’s too tired to attack the tree.

Guests

If Fluffy is bold and outgoing, she may not bat an eye when you have company. Your kitty may even hop into your guests’ laps for cuddles and attention! More timid cats, however, will bolt for cover as soon as the doorbell rings. If you have a shy pet, put your scaredy-cat in a quiet back room with food, toys, treats, a litterbox, and comfy bedding when you have visitors.

Treats

Canned tuna or chicken in water makes a great treat for your kitty. You can also offer Fluffy some cooked, plain meat, fish, or chicken, without the skin, bones, or fat. Sodium free broth, cat milk, and shredded deli meat are also fine.

Purrs

Spend some quality time with Fluffy over the holidays, and make sure she doesn’t feel neglected. There’s really no better way to enjoy a quiet holiday night than by settling in with a good seasonal book or movie, a hot beverage, and a purring cat.

Happy Holidays! Please contact us, your Norwalk, CA vet clinic, anytime.

Taking Your Cat to the Vet

August 22nd is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day! We know, given the choice, Fluffy would much rather celebrate Hug Your Cat Day or Give Your Kitty Catnip Day. However, regardless of your furball’s opinion on the matter, your pet will be much healthier with regular veterinary care. A Norwalk, CA vet discusses taking your kitty to the vet in this article.

Your Cat’s Veterinary Care Needs

Your cat’s exact veterinary care needs will depend on her age, weight, breed, and health. That said, we strongly recommend that all kitties be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and kept current with their exams, vaccinations, and parasite control products. Kittens will need to come in a few times during that first year. Then, when your feline companion is fully grown, she may only need to visit us once or twice a year. When Fluffy reaches her senior years, your vet may recommend more frequent appointments, especially if she develops health problems. No matter how old your furry buddy is, feel free to ask for tips on your furball’s diet and care needs.

Emergency Visits

Just like any other pet, cats are susceptible to illness and injury. Keep an eye out for signs that something isn’t right. Some common ones include hiding, poor grooming, vomiting, diarrhea, sudden weight gain or loss, and fever. There are also behavioral clues to watch for, such as grumpiness, unusual vocalizations, and uncharacteristic behavior. Call your vet right away if you notice any of these warning signs. Cats often try to hide signs of illness, so Fluffy could be quite ill by the time you notice anything is wrong!

The Dreaded Car Ride

Most cats aren’t exactly fond of car rides. In fact, Fluffy may bolt for her favorite hiding place as soon as she sees her carrier. Put soft bedding and a few toys into the carrier to make it comfy for Fluffy. Keeping a window cracked, so that there is always fresh air circulating, will help keep your kitty more comfortable. Also, avoid sharp turns, bumpy roads, and sudden stops and starts. If your furry pal gets extremely frightened in the car, ask your vet for tips on using cat-calming products, like treats or sprays.

Please reach out to us, your Norwalk, CA vet clinic, for all of your kitty’s veterinary care needs. We are dedicated to providing great care!

6 Ways to Pamper a Senior Dog

Is your canine pal entering—or already in—his golden years? Your pet’s senior years are a very special time. However, while Fido may always be a puppy at heart, his needs will change as he grows older. Here, a Downey, CA vet lists some great ways to spoil a senior dog.

Comfy Bed

There are few things more adorable than senior dogs napping comfortably in their beds. One of the best things you can do to keep Fido comfortable is to get him a good doggy bed. Orthopedic beds are excellent for senior dogs, because of the extra support they offer.

Elevated Dishes

Fido may find it easier to eat from raised dishes than from bowls on the floor. This is because your pup may have to splay his legs to eat from ground level. This can strain his neck and back.

Swimming

Swimming can be great exercise for older dogs. Because the water will support Fido’s weight, it’s much easier on his bones and joints than other activities. Just be sure to check with your vet first, as swimming isn’t suitable for every pooch.

Pain Management Treatment

There are now quite a few different options for helping our canine companions feel better. Fido may develop hip dysplasia, arthritis, or other medical conditions that cause him pain and/or affect his mobility and quality of life. Ask your vet for specific treatment recommendations.

Massage

Massages can be just as soothing and beneficial for dogs as they are for people. Look for a good pet masseuse, and treat Fido to a relaxing session.

Love

The time we have to spend with our furry best friends often passes much too quickly. At the end of the day, Fido really just wants to spend time with his best buddy: you. Dogs don’t have as much time as we do, so by the time they reach their senior years, every moment we spend with them is precious. Make your canine friend feel loved and safe by offering him lots of treats, ear scritches, and belly rubs, and just spending time with him. Our four-legged friends often become super sweet and lovable as they age. You may really enjoy this special stage of your beloved pet’s life!

Do you have questions about senior dog care? We can help! Please contact us, your local Downey, CA pet clinic, anytime.