Posts in Category: Pet-Friendly Holidays
When the end of December rolls around, we all know the drill. Take an honest look at our lifestyles and habits, note where improvement is needed, write it down, and promise ourselves that this year we will finally stick to the much needed changes.
In most cases, our pets’ lives could use some tidying up as well. Our furry companions rely on us for everything, which is why it’s often easier to keep promises to them than to ourselves! If you’re having trouble getting started, let The Pet Experts help! We’ve outlined some of our favorite New Year’s resolutions for pet owners that are simple, effective, and easy to start on today or anytime.
Gazing into the yellow eyes of a black cat can have a hypnotizing, calming effect. While we certainly feel great about these sweet, friendly felines, they haven’t always held the good graces of human care takers like other cats have. The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center are among the throngs of other black cat fanciers around the globe who aim to reverse this unearned reputation. Unfortunately, at Halloween, black cats simply need extra protection.
It’s that time again. The holiday decadence is almost over, and if you’re like most people, you’re probably looking for a few ways to turn over a new leaf in 2017. Whether it’s losing weight, getting in shape, or quitting a bad habit, we can always find an area of our lives to put to the test.
While you’re considering your New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget to include your four-legged family members. There are probably a few ways you can improve upon the health, safety, comfort, and happiness of your pet, and what better time to start a new routine than January 1st?
As an adoring animal fan, it’s likely you share a love of animals with your friends and family members. As an added bonus, this also makes your holiday shopping a bit easier.
To help you in your quest to find the perfect gifts for pet lovers, The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center have compiled a few of our favorites.
We know how to party in Chicagoland, especially after a long, cold, gray winter. When the sun’s rays first make their appearance, we can’t wait to get outside and enjoy them with family, friends, and, of course, our pets. Summer activities may include a family visit, your boss’s barbecue, or a friend’s doggie birthday party. Learn how to celebrate safely with your pets this summer using proper etiquette using these tips from the Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center! Continue…
We don’t often think about common Valentine’s gifts being dangerous for pets, but many items can make pets sick or worse. Use caution when celebrating this year and ensure a happy Valentine’s Day for everyone in your household by following these Valentine’s Day safety tips for your pets…. Continue…
Part of having a happy holiday is being sure that we keep our loved ones safe and sound. Our pets are no exception. Pay attention to the following do’s and don’ts to keep your pets merry and bright this holiday season.
Holiday Do’s and Don’ts
DO make sure to familiarize yourself with holiday plants that can be toxic, including mistletoe, lilies, and holly. Be sure to keep these plants well out of the reach of curious pets or do not let them in the house at all.
DON’T decorate with items that can be hazardous to your pets. Tinsel is extremely tempting for cats and can be ingested. Glass ornaments and metal hooks can also pose a risk if chewed on or swallowed. Continue…
As Thanksgiving approaches, many pet owners find themselves counting their pets among all they have to be thankful for. For many, the love, companionship, and camaraderie we share with our pets make them a part of our family. Because of this, it’s only natural that we should want to share our Thanksgiving feast with our four-legged family members. And thankfully, we can if we know about pet-friendly Thanksgiving foods. Continue…
Around the holidays our homes are filled with all sorts of objects that aren’t there the rest of the year. Many times this includes festive plants of all kinds. These plants often end up in the mouths of curious pets, especially puppies and kittens. Some may not cause any problems at all, but many cause side effects ranging from mild to severe. Here is the low-down on a few of the more common holiday house guests:
While the poinsettia plant is perhaps the most infamous holiday plant, its reputation is not entirely deserved. Its extreme toxicity is largely an urban legend. The plant is mildly toxic and irritating to the mucous membranes. While it is unlikely to cause severe illness, it is probably best to keep this plant out of reach.
The level of toxicity of mistletoe largely depends on the variety, but the berries of both the American and European variety cause stomach irritation at small doses. At larger doses, it can trigger much more serious problems (including low blood pressure, seizures, and disorientation).
Eating holly can result in severe stomach upset in dogs and cats. Signs that your pet has eaten holly include smacking of lips, drooling, head shaking, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite.
Lilies are very popular around the holidays, but they are deadly for cats. Ingestion causes severe stomach upset, heart arrhythmias, kidney failure, and death.
Don’t discount the tree! The oils and sap can be irritating to the mouth and stomach, which can lead to drooling and vomiting.
Happy holiday season to all of our friends, furry and otherwise! We hope that this is a happy, healthy time of year for you all. While we love to see all of you, we don’t want your pet to visit us unexpectedly during the holidays, so we are providing you with a list of the top five holiday foods that will land your pet in the hospital.
Top Five Holiday Foods That Can Land Your Pet in the Hospital
It’s the main ingredient in many seasonal treats, and your pets may want to indulge as much as you do. It is best, however, for our four-legged friends to avoid chocolate in all of its forms. The offending ingredient is theobromine which is found in the highest concentrations in baking and dark chocolate. Toxicity is dose dependent, which means that the smaller your critter, the less theobromine it will take to cause problems. At lower doses, pets will experience jitteriness and vomiting/diarrhea. At higher doses, much more serious effects can occur including increased or irregular heart rate, seizures, or even death.
Before you throw a piece of Aunt Louise’s fruitcake to Fido, think twice. Raisins and grapes can cause irreversible kidney damage in pets. Some animals seem to be more sensitive than others, and there is no way to know how sensitive yours is until it is too late.
Most people would never intentionally give their pet alcohol, however that glass of eggnog on the end table may prove to be too tempting for Rover to avoid. Alcohol ingestion can lead to low heart rate, hypoglycemia, seizures, even respiratory failure. Also beware of desserts containing alcohol and raw yeast-containing dough that can produce alcohol as it ferments.
- Artificial sweeteners
If you have candies or sweets around that contain the artificial sweetener xylitol, know that even small amounts can cause a life-threatening decrease in blood sugar and liver failure in dogs.
- Table scraps
Ingestion of people food, particularly fatty, rich foods can lead to mild to severe digestive upset, sometimes requiring hospitalization. Some animals may even experience pancreatitis, a sometimes serious inflammation of the pancreas.
Enjoy the holiday with your pets. Just be sure that the only holiday treats they get are pet safe!
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