Purr-fect Timing: Holiday Cat Safety You Can Count On

Whether we like it or not, the holiday season has arrived. It may seem like your cat is more than ruffled by the inundation of decorations, goodies, and visitors, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t curious.

If we were focused on another one of our favorite pets, dogs, for instance, many of the same warnings would naturally apply. However, cats are stealthier than their canine counterparts, a fact that calls special attention to holiday cat safety.

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Food Safety For Pets: Keeping Your Holidays Merry

food safety for petsAs October winds to a close, many of us turn our thoughts toward the upcoming holiday season and its promise of family and friends, fun, and of course, food. Unfortunately, the holiday season is also when veterinarians see an increase in the number of food-related pet emergencies, especially pancreatitis.

By being aware of the principles of food safety for pets, you can help to keep your four-legged friend happy, healthy, and celebrating right alongside the rest of the family.

Pancreatitis In Pets

Although it may not seem like a big deal to feed a few Thanksgiving leftovers to your pets, it may pose a serious risk to their health. Pancreatitis, a dangerous and potentially fatal inflammatory condition, can result from the ingestion of even a small amount of fatty or oily foods such as poultry skin, gravy, or bacon. Pancreatitis is so common around the holidays that the day after Thanksgiving is sometimes known as “Pancreatitis Day.”

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Oops, Your Dog Broke His Leg… Now What?

dog broke legA broken bone is no fun whether you are human or a canine. Luckily for your dog, Poulsbo Animal Clinic is here to help when the going gets rough. Hopefully you never find yourself in this unfortunate situation, but if your dog broke his leg, give us a call so we can get your pet on the mend fast.

Fractures in Pets

Dogs and cats have long bones in their forelimbs and rear limbs that are analogous to your arms and legs. Just as in humans, fractures sometimes happen. They can be as a result of a traumatic force (think getting hit by a car), an abnormal stress (such as getting a leg caught when jumping down from something), or a disease process such as a bone tumor.

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Is It A Pet Emergency?

Knowing whether or not to bring your pet in for emergency services is one of the more difficult decisions a pet owner can face.

Sometimes it’s obvious that your pet needs to be seen immediately, but other times the signs of illness or injury can be subtle and confusing. When it comes to our pets, it’s important to understand what constitutes a pet emergency so that we can get our pets the help they need as soon as possible.

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Pet Wellness: Preventive Care for Your Best Pal

pet wellnessThere are plenty of obstacles that can prevent pet owners from bringing their pets to the veterinarian for regular wellness checkups. For some, finances are the major concern, while others might only bring their pets in when an illness or injury crops up. Many owners simply don’t want to struggle with pets who are fearful of the vet’s office or resistant to car travel.

Regardless of the struggles involved, making a commitment to regular pet wellness is always in your pet’s, and your, best interest! The annual physical exam is one of the greatest investments you can make in your pet’s future. Taking care of his or her health and wellness now will help to ensure that your best pal is by your side for years to come.

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