Dec 02, 2018
It's beginning to look a lot like... bowel obstructions! Just kidding, but really, holiday festivities can pose a number of hazards to pets if owners aren't diligent. Here are a few tips to keep the 4-legged members of your household safe & happy this holiday season.
Poisonous Foods & Plants
Keep the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline's number handy: 1-888-426-4435. Also be sure that your veterinarian's number is in your phone's Favorite contacts, along with Evansville's All-Pet Emergency Clinic if your pet eats something dangerous after hours.
Precautions Against Getting Lost
The holidays are hectic, with lots of guests coming in & out of your home, delivery people dropping off packages, and sometimes traveling with pets. It is very easy in the hustle & bustle for pets to become more stressed and bolt from their homes, or for tired travelers to lose focus just for a moment and boom -- your pet is gone. If the unthinkable happens and your pet gets lost, particularly if you are out of town, then proper identification could make a truly lifesaving difference.
Be sure your pet is microchipped and that the chip is registered. Microchips work nationwide and have been known to reunite lost pets with their families even years later. We offer microchipping at our Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic.
Also make sure your pet is always wearing external identification in the form of a collar with an ID tag with your name & phone number on it. Key word *always* -- even if they've just had a bath or a grooming, have a backup collar handy. Even if they rarely go outdoors. Even if they have never been lost before.
Take extra care to protect pets who are new to your household. If you've never had a Christmas with your pet so far, it may not be easy to predict how they will react to the busy holidays.
We wish you a safe and happy holiday season from our VHS family to yours!
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