Fall is here and there is a nip in the air; that means that the holidays and cold weather are just around the corner. We at Reynolda Veterinary Hospital would like to give you a few tips to keep your pets safe this fall and winter.
Halloween can be fun for us all, including our pets. Remember that chocolate is toxic to pets and must be kept well out of reach. You may want to bake some homemade pet treats for your pet to join in the good times; there are a number of recipes online. Consider an amusing costume for your pet. However, be sure any pets are closely monitored when wearing costumes, as some costumes may be choking hazards.
Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah are enjoyable for all, including your furry family members. Please remember that those rich holiday meals are not suitable for your pet’s tummy. In fact, veterinarians see more cases of pancreatitis around the holidays than any other time of year. Again, consider baking healthy pet treats for your dogs and cats.
Keep in mind that cold temperatures can be dangerous for outdoor pets. Bring your pets inside if the temperature dips below the freezing mark and be sure they have a warm insulated shelter from the cold. There are lots of sweaters and coats for dogs available and some are quite fashionable.
Have a great fall and Holiday Season!
Dr. Eric Taylor