Pets, Decorations and Family Visiting


By: Jessica Groeneweg, DVM

The holidays are busy times. As you set up decorations, keep in mind that pets are curious about the new things around the house. Christmas trees can be distracting to your pets, especially cats. Cats may want to climb the tree, knock down ornaments to play with, or hide under or in the tree. Please make sure that you keep an eye on your animals as they may cause damage to decorations and sometimes to themselves. Continue…

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Holiday Pet Safety

holiday-pet-safety    The big holidays are coming, which means special consideration should be taken for our pets and holiday pet safety, since they can experience something drastically different than we do during the merriment of our celebrations. Trick-or-treaters and loud parties can be scary, the thanksgiving turkey on the table can be tempting, well-intentioned guests can give scraps under the table, and Christmas tree lights can present a danger to our pets. Here are a few holiday pet safety tips to keep your cat or dog safe and happy during the holiday season! First, make sure your pet has a safe retreat for holiday parties and Halloween night. Pets are attached to their secure environment and having that intruded upon can sometimes be over stimulating or induce anxiety. Even if your pet is happy to join the festivities, keep a special calm, quiet corner or room available for them that has a comfy crate or bed to hideaway in, food and water, and familiar toys and treats. Visit them a few times during the bustle and give them some love. You are their protector and the leader of their pack, and if you show everything is ok it can help reassure your nervous pet. Continue…

Ear Mites in Cats

A kitty was seen for a routine exam at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital and this was what was discovered. Does your cat have these in their ears? These are ear mites. These little guys set up camp in your cats ears and breed like crazy. Think about your cat sitting in your lap or rubbing against you with these. Continue…

The Dangerous Pink Drink – Pets and Antifreeze

By: Dr. Katie Cox – Fairgrounds Animal Hospital

Antifreeze or ethylene glycol is a common winter necessity for many people in the fall and winter months. While it helps keep pipes and cars from freezing, it is a toxic and sometimes lethal fluid for many animals, including dogs, cats, poultry and cattle. Due to the sweet taste and the fact that it remains in a liquid form in the cold temperatures, many animals (mostly dogs and cats) ingest the liquid or walk through it and then later lick their paws. A small amount of this liquid can be deadly to our furry friends. As little as ½ of a teaspoon is toxic to an 8-pound cat. A toxic dose for a 60-pound dog is 1.3 teaspoons.

Ethylene glycol is broken down into several components in the body that cause severe kidney damage which can quickly progress to kidney failure. Many times, dogs and cats will show clinical signs within hours of ingestion of the liquid. It has also been shown that absorption of the fluid through the skin can be poisonous in cats. The most common signs that dogs and cats exhibit are very similar to those of an intoxicated person. Pets may vomit, walk around as though they are drunk, drink and urinate excessively and become dehydrated very quickly. Within 12-24 hours in cats and 36-72 hours in dogs, animals may stop urinating, exhibit vomiting, diarrhea, excessive salivation, have difficulty breathing and even experience seizures or become comatose.  Any animal that is seen drinking antifreeze or is suspected of drinking it needs immediate veterinary care. There is not an over the counter treatment that owners can administer at home. If you see or suspect that your animal has ingested antifreeze, call your veterinary office right away. Please be candid about the possible ingestion. Our job as a veterinary clinic is not to make assumptions, but to treat your pets to the best of our ability. The best way we can do that is by knowing what we are treating. 

To prevent antifreeze ingestion in your animals, keep it high on a shelf and away from any place they can jump to. If the garage is a warm place for your animals to stay, make sure they cannot reach it or knock it over. Check frequently for any leaks in the bottle or areas where it is used in the household. We care for your animals and want everyone to have a safe and happy winter!

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Top 10 Holiday Pet Related Conditions

From DVM360

luna-3nd-placeFrom snacking on human treats to biting colorful light bulbs, as the winter holiday season draws closer,  pet owners should know that they must keep a watchful eye on their four-legged friends. In 2011, Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) policyholders spent more than $22.8 million on medical conditions commonly associated with the holidays. The company recently sorted its database of more than 485,000 insured pets to determine the 10 most common holiday-related medical conditions that year. Here are the results:

  1. Gastritis (vomiting): ingesting “people” food, holiday plants (lilies, hollies and mistletoe) and Christmas tree water
  2. Enteritis (diarrhea): eating “people” food and scraps
  3. Colitis (loose or bloody stool): eating “people” food; holiday stress
  4. Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas): eating fatty “people” food such as roasts, gravy, nuts, egg nog, etc.
  5. Gastric foreign body (foreign object in the stomach): ingesting Christmas tree decorations, ribbon, small gifts, and bones from holiday meats
  6. Hemorrhagic gastroenteritis (bloody vomiting and diarrhea): eating people food; holiday stress
  7. Intestinal foreign body (foreign object in the intestines): ingesting tinsel, other Christmas tree decorations, and bones from holiday meats
  8. Gastric foreign body, surgical (surgical removal of foreign object from the stomach): unable to pass Christmas tree decorations and bones
  9. Intestinal foreign body, surgical (surgical removal of foreign object from the intestines): unable to pass tinsel, ribbons, or bone fragments
  10. Methylaxanthine toxicity (chocolate toxicity): eating chocolate or other caffeinated products.

The most expensive condition on the list, intestinal foreign body, surgical, cost an average of $2,328 per pet, while enteritis, the least expensive condition on the list, cost an average of $105 per pet. The most common condition on the list, gastritis, cost an average of $279 per pet. In order to ensure a safe holiday season, pet owners should safeguard their homes and protect their furry friends from potential holiday dangers.

Read more about Pet Holiday Pet Hazards here.