“Happy Holiday Season”
The staff at Oradell Animal Hospital wishes you a healthy and happy holiday season and best wishes for the coming year.
Here are some helpful hints to keep your pet healthy and happy during the holiday festivities:
- Do not feed pets table scraps from the holiday feasts. The majority of these foods are too rich, and can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
- Don’t ever give your dog “real” bones, cooked or uncooked. Bones splinter and pieces can lodge in the esophagus, stomach or intestines.
- Do not allow your pets to play with bows or ribbons. They may swallow pieces, and may not be able to digest or pass it.
- Keep pets away from the Christmas tree. Avoid decorating your tree with tinsel; cats enjoy playing and chewing on this, but their gastrointestinal tracts cannot pass it, which necessitates surgery.
- Do not allow pets to chew on holiday plants. Some are poisonous.
- Never give your pet chocolate as a treat. Chocolate can be fatal to your pet.
- For puppies or kittens given as holiday gifts: avoid contact with other animals as dogs and cats are not fully protected from disease until they have received all vaccinations required. Make an appointment as soon as possible to see your veterinarian.
- If you’ll be traveling for the holidays, leave a number just in case your pet sitter needs to reach you. Also, provide the name and number of your veterinarian.
Housing – Be sure to provide proper shelter from the elements.
- Indoor Pets – Should have a warm bed or crate, draft/free and slightly elevated off the chilly floor.
- Outdoor Pets – Try to provide a warm, insulated shelter. Elevate the shelter off the ground so moisture cannot accumulate inside. Provide a door on the shelter to keep out the winter winds. Remember if the wind chill or other weather conditions become severe bring your beloved furry friend indoors.
Frostbite – Remove ice and snow from your pet’s paws and coat. Frostbitten skin may turn reddish, white or gray and may be scaly or peeling. If frostbite is suspected take your pet to a warm place immediately. Contact the hospital as soon as possible; your veterinarian will want to evaluate the seriousness of the condition.
Ice Melting Agents – Some ice and snow melting substances may have a low to moderate toxicity depending on ingredients and amount ingested. Be careful. Read labels. Store any ice melting agents away from animals and children. Remember to remove salt/snowmelt products from your pet’s paws immediately.
Antifreeze – Pets are attracted to its sweet taste and even small amounts ingested could be fatal. Please be very careful of all products containing antifreeze. Read labels and warnings. Clean up all spills thoroughly and immediately. Keep containers tightly closed and stored away from pets and children. If there is any chance that your pet has ingested antifreeze, go to an animal hospital immediately. Please call us in advance to alert us that you are coming. 201-262-0010.
Napping Cats – Cats love to climb under the hood and onto car engines for warmth. Before starting your car knock on the hood or honk the horn.
Food – Staying warm requires extra calories. Feed your pet accordingly when the temperatures get colder. Talk to your veterinarian for advice. Always have fresh water available for your furry friends. If your pet is kept out of doors check the water often; it may freeze and become unavailable!