Dangerous Decor: The 6 Worst Holiday Decorations for Pets

holiday decorations

“Deck the halls with boughs of holly…” Wait. Did you just say holly? Holly, like some other seasonal favorites, is actually toxic to pets. And while your kids are secretly shaking their holiday gifts in hopes of guessing the contents, are your dogs doing a little investigating of their own?

This may seem like a Scrooge-like introduction, but there is very good reason behind considering these things. Holidays tend to present a few more risks to our pets, and some of our timeless holiday decorations and decor can take a terrible twist when pet owners are unaware of them.

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No Gobbling! Thanksgiving Foods and Your Pet

thanskgiving food your petThanksgiving is about giving thanks for all the amazing things (and people) we have in our lives…but let’s be serious, it’s also all about the food. Thanksgiving is the holiday for feasting with friends and family. And there’s no doubt about it, this evening of eating is also likely to pique the curiosity of the family pet.

No true holiday is complete without sharing the festivities with our pets – especially ones that include amazing food. Many of us feel a little guilty about not sharing at least a tiny bit of turkey dinner with our furry companions. Unfortunately, some of the things we enjoy are items that can cause everything from tummy upset to a pet poisoning emergency.

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The Age-Old Question: Is It Hip Dysplasia or Luxating Patellas?

hip dysplasia or luxating patellasOkay, so maybe it’s not really an age-old question; but any dog owner who has been up at 1 AM Googling why their pooch is limping has probably pondered the difference between the two conditions: Hip dysplasia or luxating patella?

So what, then, is the difference? Let New Haven Pet Hospital fill you in.

Hip Dysplasia or Luxating Patellas:  Different Parts

The main thing that differentiates hip dysplasia or luxating patellas is the fact that they affect totally different joints.

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Keep Kitty Purring: Your Guide to Comprehensive Cat Care

Cats are sometimes considered to be low maintenance. Put down some food and water, place a litter box in the corner, and you’re good, right? Actually, no! While cats are not necessarily the most demanding of pets, they do deserve attention, especially when it comes to veterinary care.

Here is what your friends at New Haven want you to know about cat care.

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Sittin’ Pretty: The Benefits of Regular Pet Grooming

benefits of regular pet groomingAnyone who has spent time around animals knows how often they clean themselves; cats spend hours washing their whiskers and combing their fur to perfection, and dogs lick their paws (and more). Even rodents and reptiles have their own personal grooming rituals.

Like humans, animals look and feel better when they are clean, but pet grooming is about so much more than vanity! Making sure your pet is groomed on a regular basis can actually keep him or her healthy as well as comfortable (and gorgeous!)

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Be Prepared, Never Hesitate: Making Decisions During a Pet Emergency

pet emergenciesMurphy’s Law stipulates: anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. While we can’t go through life anticipating every possible catastrophe, this famous adage may be appropriate regarding pet care. Indeed, it’s amazing to find a pet owner that hasn’t dealt with a true pet emergency, as life with an animal is full of surprises and unexpected turns. If you’ve been looking to bone up on what constitutes a pet emergency and how to recognize one, New Haven Pet Hospital has you covered.

Should You Call?

Perhaps the single most important thing to remember when it comes to a possible illness or injury, is to call for assistance and support. We’re here to help you and your pet 6 days a week and are prepared to offer a full range of services, such as diagnostics and surgery. Should your pet require emergency care outside of our business hours, we recommend Northeast Indiana Veterinary Emergency Specialty Hospital. It’s a good idea to keep both numbers handy just in case.

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Good Dog! The Importance of Puppy Socialization Classes

puppy socializationLet’s face it, puppy antics are adorable. They want to explore the world with their mouths – chewing on everything in sight (including those new sandals). They love to yip it up all through the night, and they try to chase the household cat. Even when they make a mess, one look at their roly-poly bellies, and our hearts melt all over again.

Unfortunately, puppies don’t stay puppies for long, and some of the behaviors that might have once been endearing can quickly become exasperating. In fact, all dogs require socialization to help them navigate the world and remain at their best. To help you instill confidence and great behavior in your little bundle of fluff, the team at New Haven want to emphasize why puppy socialization and professional classes are so important.

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Protecting Your Pal from Indoor Pet Toxins

pet toxinsAs responsible pet owners, we do our best to keep our pets healthy and safe by providing them with a warm and loving home, wellness care, parasite protection, and all of the other intricacies of modern pet care. In our efforts to protect our pets from the dangers lurking outside the door, however, many of us overlook the potential for pet poisoning right inside our homes.

Take a moment to learn about the indoor pet toxins your furry friend is most likely to encounter, and how to protect him or her from accidental poisoning.

Indoor Pet Toxins 101

Many common items found in most homes, including chemicals, plants, and certain foods, can pose a serious threat to our pets. Take a good look around your home and remove or secure any of the following indoor pet toxins:

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Spring Has Sprung, and So Have Pet Parasites

springtime pet parasitesPet parasites can range from several inches long to microscopic, but don’t let size fool you! Sometimes the most formidable foes come in the smallest packages. Learn what you need to know to keep your furry friend safe against pet parasites as spring ensues.

The Usual Suspects

As the days get longer and the weather warmer, a few common pet parasites become a concern. Higher temperatures, more time outdoors, and damp weather all contribute to a perfect storm for many unwanted visitors.

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Pet Wellness: Why Prevention Means Everything

pet wellnessIt’s normal to procrastinate when it comes to scheduling our yearly physicals or biannual dental cleanings, even though we all know the importance of these preventive measures. Our pets also benefit just as much from their regularly scheduled wellness visits, and putting off their check-ups can have unfortunate consequences.

Pet wellness exams are about more than just another round of shots or a chance for us to see your pet’s sweet face (although both are important!). Every time we see your pet, we have the opportunity to catch any health problems that may be brewing, answer your questions regarding your pet’s health, and get to know both of you a little better.

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