Deck the Halls: Holiday Decorations Safety for Pets

Holiday decorations safety for pets can prevent a holiday pet emergency

All over the country and the world, people are preparing for holiday celebrations. An important part of these celebrations is decorating our homes with traditional items. But did you know that decking the halls with boughs of holly can be dangerous for our pets?

Yes, even the seemingly ubiquitous holly mentioned in the beloved song is toxic to our pets. And because we’re sure your dogs and cats are doing a bit of investigating with all the new items around your home, we thought the time was right to spend some time on holiday decorations safety for your pets.

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Halloween Pet Safety Measures that Are Anything But Scary

Halloween pet safety can lead to Halloween Fun for pets

Fall is a wonderful time of year, but the list of hazards that come with the season can be long. Fortunately, when you have a grasp on Halloween pet safety, you can stop worrying about your best friend and start enjoying the holiday together. Taking a proactive approach can help you avoid potential disaster and ease your mind. Here at Poulsbo Animal Clinic, we think that sounds like a spook-tacular idea!

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Who doesn’t love a festive jack-o’-lantern? What about spider webs, flashing lights, and animatronic displays? There’s so shortage of Halloween decor out there. It’s fun, but pets can be truly frightened by it. Plus, some decor presents choking hazards, entanglement issues, and even electric shock.

Limit your pet’s access to these decorations. Use LED tea lights for carved pumpkins or display candles in an area that doesn’t pose a fire or burn risk.

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Out and About: Pet Friendly Poulsbo and Kitsap County Locales

Pet Friendly Poulsbo and Kitsap County Locales are a great place to go with your dog. With all the friendly people, miles of gorgeous trails, dozens of parks, and temperate climate, life on the peninsula certainly has its perks. Fortunately, pets can also join in the fun, as many local restaurants, businesses, and nearly all lodging establishments allow pets. Join us as we take a tour of pet friendly Poulsbo and Kitsap County!

Pet Friendly Poulsbo and More

Enjoying the great outdoors together is one of the best parts about being a Poulsbo pet owner. Our city offers much in the way of dog parks; some of our favorites include: Continue…

When Living (and Hiking) Among Wildlife, Pet Safety Comes First

Going into nature is known to soothe various ailments. It’s the one place we know we can unplug – and recharge. While the quiet stillness of the wilderness offers a relative sense of wellbeing, that doesn’t mean it’s without risk. Does our guard have to be up when we’re on the trails or in our backyards? Absolutely. The key to proactive pet safety is: it’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. With that in mind, we offer the following tips for maintaining top-notch outdoor protection for your pet:

Know the Score

Most wildlife encounters happen very quickly and without warning. Knowing how to react and what to do to help your pet can make all the difference. Indeed, whether you’re in your own neighborhood or exploring somewhere else, it’s critical to be able to protect yourself and keep your pet out of harm’s way. Continue…

How to Achieve Pet Safety on the Fourth of July

Pet safety on the 4th of July is something to get noisy about!Owners of noise-sensitive pets are well aware of the dangers of holidays like New Year’s Eve and Halloween. In fact, the days preceding these holidays can be unpredictable, stressful, and anxiety-inducing for pets who have never displayed annoyance, irritation, or fear. Is it possible, then, to achieve full-scale pet safety on the Fourth of July? It is, but the desire to keep your pet safe and calm should be paired with thoughtful preparation and close observation.

Oh, So Noisy

Your cat or dog enjoys a keen sense of hearing, even if they’re older. Have you ever noticed them scampering off in the opposite direction when you flip on the blender or vacuum? This highly developed sense gives them wonderful capabilities, but on the Fourth of July, being able to hear each and every pop, boom, scream, and squeal is very off-putting. Continue…

Preventing a Pet Poisoning at Home

pet poisoningOur homes are supposed to provide sanctuary from the outside world. While they give us shelter and protection, they also give us warmth, comfort, and a nurturing space in which to thrive. Pets experience the same benefits from the homes we keep, but paradoxically, they can be exposed to harmful products that come with modern living. When pet owners understand which products can lead to a pet poisoning, the better off everyone will be.

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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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