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BEING ONE’S OWN SELF. . .

on October 26, 2010

        It can be a dangerous time for your dog during the Holidays, especially for puppies (a cat/kitten usually seek their own hiding places, but do not let roam without supervision).  Your home especially can be a dangerous environment for curious/playful/ investigating pets.  

 HALLOWEEN                                                                                                                                    Pumpkin seeds and pumpkin flesh can be difficult for a puppy’s indigestion.  So after the pumpkin carving, or cooking, be sure the seeds ( even if roasting) and pumpkin flesh is  carefully garbaged, and seeds placed in containers.  Candy, especially chocolate, given to dogs, can be lethal. 

Guests and  children parties can be overwhelming. so it is  best to have the dog confined to a quiet place BEFORE the guests arrive.  The ringing, buzzing doorbell and knocking  and children’s chatter can over excite a puppy causing barking, urinating, and fear syndrome.  Best plan is to confine the puppy in a quiet place, with a radio on, several times before the festivities begin.  By doing so the puppy will be content, and exposure to the guests, a few at a time, will be less stressful and help the dog become more acquainted with strangers. 

THANKSGIVING, CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS–DECORATING

POINSETTIAS–toxin: a milky, acrid sap–intense vomiting, purgation,delirium.

MISTLETOE–toxin: beta-phenyl ethylamine and tyramine; consumption of the berries has been known to cause acute gastroenteritis and cardiovascular collapse.

ELECTRIC SHOCK–Pets that gnaw on electric cords can get shocked.  Unplug all cords where pet is present or may roam without constant observation. 

BURNS–Treat immediately with cold water; or in a basin of cold water.  Do not use butter or lard which can make the burn worse.  Take to veterinarian immediately.

EYE INJURIES– Pawing at the eyes may mean an irritation.  Call veterinarian for advice.

CANDY/NUTS/PARTY FOODS–Watch for vomiting, diarrhea, or not eating, check with veterinarian; AGAIN Chocolate is lethal;  as is Alcohol.

HAVE A VERY HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON

GOING TO NANO FOR NEXT MONTH  —– BE BACK IN 2011. 

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