Where did all th­ese peo­ple come from?

The Tribune (NZ) - - GARDENING -

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!

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