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Posted on 12-18-2017

Top Dangers For Your Pet This Holiday Season

The tree is trimmed, gifts are wrapped and the family is arriving. The last thing you would expect to do is worry about the welfare of your four-footed companion. Yet it is the very joyfulness of the season that may inadvertently distract us from our basic concerns about our pet(s). Here are some things you should be wary of during the holiday season.

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We are all aware of the dangers of chocolates, Holly and Poinsettias, but did you know:

  • Mistletoe is poisonous to dogs and cats, quickly causing gastrointestinal problems.
  • Fruitcake, grapes, and raisins are toxic and should not be given to animals.
  • Pets should not eat hard candies, gum or have access to toothpaste. Purses placed on the floor are an open invitation to explore. (Make sure all bags are placed out of reach of inquisitive pets.)
  • Watch out for over-generous guests. If even five people slip Spike or Mittens a "bite" of cheese or pie, you have a pet with gastrointestinal distress- and all the complications that come along with it.
  • Your dog or cat relies on you to realize he is overwhelmed. Watch the non-verbal signals he sends; flattened ears or heavy panting may mean he is in trouble; you will want to remove him to a quiet place for his own welfare.

Pet Boarding at Magnolia Animal Hospital

If your pet is older or gets stressed around children, you might want to consider boarding him while you have a house full of people.

Here at Magnolia Animal Hospital, your precious pet is our only business. We offer excellent boarding for your dog or cat if the holidays may prove too much for them.  We'll keep them safe, happy and comfortable while you celebrate the season. And of course, we are here for emergency care when you need us.

Contact Your Ocala Veterinarian to Learn More

With over 40 years of combined compassionate experience, we offer your furry companions the complete, individual care they deserve. If you're looking for a veterinarian in Ocala Fl, call us today to schedule an appointment. (352) 622-7143.

Just now, as a special offer: $10 off for a new patient visit, or, for a referral, $10 off for both parties. Happy Holidays from your friends at Magnolia Animal Hospital!

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