Festive season not always rosy for pets
Christmas is just around the corner and many people include their pets in holiday activities and travel plans.
Car sickness and anxiety in the car are awful for pets and humans who are stuck together in the same small space for hours.
There is medication to make the journey so much easier for both of you, so ask your vet how we can help.
It is also a time of year to beware the chocolates wrapped under the Christmas tree — a festive season has not gone by without making a dog vomit up someone’s present.
Cats aren’t overly interested in the sweets but the decorations on the Christmas tree can cause intestinal havoc if ingested.
Kittens, especially, are more inquisitive and enjoy playing with some trinket that is swallowed by accident.
Be cautious when buying AEowers if you have a cat. The lilly family is extremely toxic and can cause kidney failure.
New Year’s Eve Åreworks are a nightmare for many pets.
Please get medication for these animals as it is a terrifying time for them.
Put them indoors where they can’t escape and are insulated somewhat from the noise.
Thunder jackets (a patented tight Åtting jacket) can also help. There are also desensitisation CDs if you have the time and inclination to train.
These pets are usually storm-phobic too and beneÅt from medication to relieve the anxiety.
Table scraps and visitors feeding too much fatty food to the ever-hungry pet are the typical recipe for a severe bout of pancreatitis, which can land the dog in hospital on a drip for days, and possibly, diabetes down the track so be careful.
Pancreatitis presents as a sick dog — vomiting and a severe tummy ache that can’t be ignored.
I am often asked by pet owners “how do I know if I should bring my pet to the vets?”.
The simple answer is, if they won’t eat and if they are not acting like they normally do something is wrong.
Why wait for days?
There is something really wrong with me if I miss even one meal and our pets are no different.
When pets ingest human prescription or recreational drugs, the best plan of action is immediate attention at the vets.
Our furry-friends commonly weigh a fraction of what a human does so never adopt a wait-and-see attitude.
The warm weather has resulted in an explosion of snails and slugs in my vegie patch and it is tempting to put snail bait out but it’s not worth the risk to the dogs.
We have seen several toxicities recently so take care where you put it and when visiting others.
Signs are shivering and shaking all the way to full-on seizures.
We have had several of these patients spend the night in my ensuite bath tub as they are sometimes kept anaesthetised for hours until the poison is out of the system and need frequent top-ups of medications and care.
Hopefully you and your fur-babies stay safe and out of trouble this holiday season.