Dykes Veterinary Clinic ... Professionals with compassion
The Holiday Season is Upon Us...
and many pet parents plan to include their furry companions in the festivities. As you gear up for the holidays, it is important to try to keep your pet's eating and exercise habits as close to their normal routine as possible. Also, please be sure to steer pets clear of the following unhealthy treats, toxic plants and dangerous decorations.
Be Careful with Seasonal Plants and Decorations
- Oh, Christmas Tree: Securely anchor your Christmas tree so it doesn't tip and fall, causing possible injury to your pet. This will also prevent the tree water—which may contain fertilizers that can cause stomach upset—from spilling. Stagnant tree water is a breeding ground for bacteria, and your pet could end up with nausea or diarrhea should he imbibe.
- Avoid Mistletoe & Holly: Holly, when ingested, can cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. And many varieties of lilies can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested. Opt for just-as-jolly artificial plants made from silk or plastic, or choose a pet-safe bouquet.
- Tinsel-less Town: Kitties love this sparkly, light-catching "toy" that's easy to bat around and carry in their mouths. But a nibble can lead to a swallow, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery. It's best to brighten your boughs with something other than tinsel.
- That Holiday Glow: Don't leave lighted candles unattended. Pets may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over. Be sure to use appropriate candle holders, placed on a stable surface. And if you leave the room, put the candle out!
- Wired Up: Keep wires, batteries and glass or plastic ornaments out of paws' reach. A wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus, while shards of breakable ornaments can damage your pet's mouth and digestive tract.
At Dykes Veterinary Clinic, we realize that - just like us - most people view their pets as a beloved member of the family. Therefore, we work closely with you to provide high-quality, compassionate care for your dogs, cats, birds, rabbits and other pets.
Mon: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tue: 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Wed: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thu: 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Fri: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
"Wonderful,caring staff....Dykes Vet Clinic was highly recommended to us when we moved here." -- Linda Janssen
"They listen and truly care! So thankful to take my furbabies to an awesome vet!!" -- Audra Mize
"The sincere compassion for each and every one of the hundreds and hundreds of animals we have had taken to Dykes whether for an injury, needing to be sent to the Rainbow Bridge or just basic vetting, is above and beyond the norm. This goes for the doctors and staff. -- Director, Stray Love Foundation, Inc.