December has definitely been a crazy one!
Large Animal- It is about time to be giving your initial Scour Guard vaccination to your heifers, preparing for your calving season, and getting your bangs vaccinating and preg checking finished up.
With the amazing weather this year (*sarcasm*), preg checking has been delayed but we are still finishing up some herds and having percentages of breds higher than anticipated. Be sure to stop in and get all of your supplies for this calving season.
Small Animal - Dr. Lindsey has been staying busy with small animals as well. The holiday season can be the most dangerous time of year for your pets. Owners are excited to see family and friends and all the attention that used to be on your dog, is now on celebrating. Elkhorn Veterinary Clinic has some friendly tips to make sure your dogs are happy and healthy this holiday season.
Food- One of our top concerns with pets over the holidays revolves around what goes into their mouths. As humans, we tend to indulge our food fantasies this time of year. And it’s in our nature to want to share the bounty with our pets and to give them a little something extra too. We urge you not to do this. Our pet’s digestive systems are simply not designed to deal with rich foods and overeating. Holiday treats such as rich and fatty scraps, bones from poultry and other sources, alcoholic beverages, chocolate, and other sweets—can be harmful to pets. Other dangerous substances for pets include the sugar substitute xylitol, bread dough, grapes, and onions. Right after holidays, we see way too many pets that are really suffering from the effects caused by someone slipping them a special bite or two of something the pet usually doesn’t get. The problem escalates when that one or two bites turns into a couple more bites and a couple more. Or if there are a bunch of people all slipping Fluffy an extra treat or two. We think we are being kind and loving, and we enjoy indulging them, but we may in fact be putting our pets in grave danger when we give in.
The best advice is… Just don’t do it. Your pets need to stick to their regular daily diet. The easiest way to accomplish this is to simply settle your pets into a room with a crate or pet bed and only let them out for some supervised interaction after everyone is done eating, the dishes are cleared, the turkey and other food is put away in the frig., the bones are safely disposed of in the garbage, and everyone is settling in for some football or recliner naps. If you can stick to your guns, you can rest assured that you may have saved them from catastrophe.
Speaking of bones, NEVER EVER EVER GIVE BONES FROM ANY MEAL to a dog. Yes… We can hear you now saying, “But in the wild they hunt and kill and eat animals and consume bones so it must not really be that dangerous.” The difference is that those bones are raw and softer. Cooking bones causes them to become brittle and EXTREMELY dangerous for pets. Again, you may think you are being kind by sharing bones with them, but the fact is, these cooked bones can splinter and become deadly.
Escape - Another good reason to confine your pets while you are entertaining company is so that you don’t risk someone accidentally letting your pet escape out a door. With all sorts of people coming and going, it’s pretty hard to keep track of pets waiting near a doorway. Someone may let out a pet not even realizing that you didn’t want it to go outside without a leash or supervision. This is especially true for pets that become highly agitated, distressed, or over-excited by having so many people and so much activity in their home. Be safe and keep them were they can’t get hurt or lost. It’s just for a little while. And just to be certain, make sure you have an ID tag on your pet, or better yet, have your pet microchipped. Collars and tags can fall off. Microchips are a lot harder to misplace!
Decorations - Please be careful with your holiday decorations. Many pets will try to eat decorations. Tinsel or ribbons are a prime target and once ingested, these strands can cause severe issues in the animal’s gut, sometimes requiring surgery, or worse yet, causing death. Our advice would be to skip the tinsel in a pet home. Poinsettias can be another holiday decoration that can be a source of trouble for pets. While most animals will naturally avoid plants that can poison them, not all pets got that message and so they’ll eat almost anything and pay the price later. Other decorations such as cornucopias, pine cones, centerpieces, and holiday lights could be harmful if chewed on or ingested so they should be kept out of pets’ reach too. The lesson here is that you need to be very careful with what you put where so that your pet won’t be placed in danger.
Our bottom line for this holiday season is to not feed your pets any human food, keep unsafe decorations out of there reach, and make sure (if they like to run away) to put them in a crate while guests are over.
Elkhorn vet cLINIC WOULD LIKE TO WISH EVERYONE A VERY SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY!
friendly reminders -
- Friday is Dr. Lindsey's surgery day. Depending on the amount of surgeries she has, depends on if we can schedule any appointments. Please be sure to take this into consideration when scheduling appointments.
- Are you running late and cannot make it to the clinic within business hours? No need to worry, we can always set items outside in our mailbox and you can pickup later.
Always keep your pet happy and healthy!