Where did all these people come from?
Only a few days to go and the red and white man will be coming down the chimney! We all know that it can be a very stressful time but it can also be a stressful and problematic time for our furry friends. This week I want to help you make Christmas a great time for them by explaining some of the things that they may be going through and things that need to be avoided. Fester is a slightly rounded male dachshund with a nose for mischief. He came in to see us on Boxing Day last year with a very sore abdomen. He had been vomiting all morning and had a very high temperature. As a treat for Christmas he had enjoyed a large helping of pork crackling, ham and various other snacks. We quickly set Fester up on an intravenous drip while we tested the blood samples we collected. Sure enough, the results confirmed what we suspected, which is a sudden case of pancreatitis. This is a disease that has similar signs to appendicitis in people (we can get pancreatitis as well). It is often brought on by a fatty meal (which in Fester’s case was more like a fatty feast) and causes severe abdominal pain, fever and vomiting, and can in some cases be fatal. So poor old Fester spent the next four days with us wandering about with his IV line and wondering how all the holiday celebrations were going at home. On New Year’s Eve he trotted out happily with those little legs of his to a very happy Rachel and Paul. So, I know everyone wants to spoil their friends but it is a good idea to spoil them with a walk, a new toy or a new collar rather than a helping of food from our menu. Cats and dogs may have a different view than us of Christmas. • The visitors: Some dogs and cats revel in the attention but others are very shy or nervous so it is a good idea to provide them with a designated room
that they can use as a safe haven • All the food Party food is a problem for pets as well as children so try to keep to their usual routine and food if you want to avoid a trip to the doctor or us here at the hospital for upset tummies. • Foreign objects No not the outlaws. Small toys, balls, string and other smaller objects are fascinating and quickly consumed by a curious four legged hoover. Please, please make sure the rubbish bin lid is secure over this period. Check it today! • The Christmas tree Yep. That nice tree is a great scratching post, climbing game or somewhere to lift one’s leg. Things to check: secure it so that it won’t fall over; don’t put parcels containing food (especially chocolate) under it if you have a dog (or small children) • Toys: Toys and bones can be very possessively guarded by some dogs, so check what is going on when visitors are around who may want to play with your dog. Likewise, if other dogs are visiting, supervise them together in case arguments arise. • Boarding kennels: Check that your cat or dog’s vaccinations are up to date including kennel cough for dogs because it can upset the start to the holiday if you are turned away by the kennels. And leave a contact number should they or the hospital need to contact you. So there are some tips and ideas. Remember the hospital is open over the whole holiday period (pets don’t have calendars) and till 7pm week nights! Have an awesome Christmas and New Year from all the crazy ANDERSON’S crew!