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February News Letter

Happy February. Can you believe it is here already? This is our Dental Discount Month so give us a call ASAP to schedule the date and time that you need. Our times fill up very fast We are offering a 20% discount on regular dental cleanings excluding extractions, blood work, and other dental issues. February is a full month, Dental Month, Responsible Pet Owners Month, Cat Health Month, Spay and Neuter Awareness Month, and Prevent Litter Month, the 2nd is Groundhog Day, the 7th starts Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week, the 14th is Valentines Day, Pet Theft Awareness Day, the 20th is President's Day and Love Your Pet Day, the 22nd is Walking the Dog Day, the 23rd is International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day the 28th is World Spay Day and The Mardi Gras. What a fun filled month.

Enjoy. Pam

Valentines Day

This is the holiday of love, flowers and candy. It is also the a time to keep a watchful eye on your pets. That box of candy can be a real threat to your pets. Chocolate can be deadly to dogs. If your pet has discovered and eaten the candy, it is important to call your veterinarian immediately.

An ingredient in chocolate, theobromine, is toxic to dogs. Cocoa beans naturally contain theobromine, so it is found in all chocolate. Another dangerous ingredient to dogs that is naturally in chocolate is caffeine. According to Gwaltney-Brant, "Clinical signs usually occur within six to 12 hours of ingestion. Three initial signs include excessive thirst, vomiting, diarrhea, bloating and restlessness."

According to petplace.com, different types of chocolate contain different amounts of theobromine. White chocolate contains the least, and baking chocolate (ground cocoa beans) contains the most.

Sugar free candy and gum containing xylitol are just as dangerous as chocolate and can lead to life long organ damage. Xylitol is extremely toxic to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), seizures, liver failure or even death in dogs.

Dangerous symptoms may follow the first symptoms, so it is important to contact your veterinarian immediately. These symptoms include: seizures, arrhythmia, hyperthermia, and coma. Respiratory failure and cardiac arrhythmia are the main reasons why eating chocolate can be fatal to dogs. Often the signs of xylitol poisoning aren't visible right away. If you suspect ingestion call your veterinarian right away. The sooner the treatment is started the better the chances of recovery

Winter Hazards

Gary McCutcheon, doctor of veterinary medicine at All Pets Animal Clinic in Nutter Fort, warns that even though pets have fur, they still get cold. On chilly days, it's important to take proper precaution to keep your pets safe.

"The main thing is if the pets are outdoors and they're used to being outdoors, you may want to check on them. And, bring them inside when it's this frigid and cold, especially when the wind's blowing," said Dr. McCutcheon.

Water freezing is a serious concern for animals that live outdoors because they can no longer stay hydrated and may accidentally consume anti-freeze. It presents a serious concern because it remains in liquid form.

McCutcheon has seen both cats and dogs get severely ill with anti-freeze poisoning.

The veterinarian suggests pet owners heighten their pet's calorie intake in the winter.

McCutcheon said, "We burn off more calories trying to stay warm, so you might have to up their calorie intake."

He also warns to be careful of salt getting stuck in their paws because it can cause irritation.

If the animal has to be outside, be sure it has enough protection from the cold.

"Some people will have dog houses, and have them insulated, and put an L-Shape to them, and put a flap on the front to get them out of the wind. And, that's okay, if they have blankets they can cuddle up into," said McCutcheon.

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