Safety for your pets!

PLEASE CONTINUE TO GIVE YOUR PETS THEIR HEARTWORM PREVENTION AND FLEA AND TICK MEDICATION DURING THE WINTER MONTHS. Our NC winter weather is usually mild. Fleas and mosquitoes continue to live and reproduce and bite during these months. We have definitely diagnosed dogs with heartworm disease that we know had to have been bitten by a mosquito during the winter.

DO NOT FEED YOUR PETS OFF THE TABLE, ESPECIALLY DURING THE HOLIDAYS. A lot of the food that we eat during the holidays contains high amounts of fat which can lead to gastrointestinal upset or even pancreatitis. And do not give chocolate, nuts, grapes, raisins, or onions to your pets. These can be toxic.

Be careful with ribbon and tinsel. Some pets, especially cats, like to chew on and ingest these items. Ribbon and tinsel will usually not pass through a pet’s intestinal tract. Instead it can cause the intestines to bunch up and the string like material can literally saw through the intestines leading to devastating, even fatal, consequences.

We do wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Don’t forget to bring your pets on Thursday December 19 from 5 to 7 pm for photos with Santa’s elves.

Dr Miller