Merry Christmas and Holiday Greetings from all of us at Town ‘N’ Country Animal Hospital. May you and yours have a blessed Season filled with peace, love, and good will.
Archives for December 2016
The kitchen is the place to be during the holidays – for you and your pet. Delicious aromas, pleasant company, and tempting morsels dropped to the floor make it particularly appealing to Snowflake and Boots. But there are some ingredients that you need to make sure don’t make their way onto your pet’s menu…
Don’t give the dog a bone. Bones can splinter and cause intestinal blockages or lacerations, especially after they are cooked. Don’t be tempted to treat your dog to a bone this holiday.
It’s not all gravy. Gravies have an especially delicious scent that attract curious pets. Popular lore would make you think that it’s okay to feed your dog from “The Gravy Train”. Don’t do it. The rich ingredients in this holiday recipe may put your dog at risk for pancreatitis.
Take out the trash. Whoever is responsible for this chore needs to be extra diligent over the holidays. Baking bags, disposable dishes, bones, and other discarded food or containers are a huge temptation for dogs and cats.
Drinking buddies. Let’s make this clear. Alcohol may only be served to two legged creatures 21 years of age and older. Spirits, wine, beer, and foods with alcohol (like rum cake) can cause vomiting, diarrhea, problems with coordination, breathing problems and death. Watch for unfinished drinks left sitting on a table.
These are the pits. Avocados, plums, and other foods with pits contain substances that are harmful to your pets. Avocados contain persin, peaches and other seeds contain cyanide.
Sweet poison. Xylitol is an artificial sweetener most commonly associated with sugar-free gum, but it’s also found in some syrups, baking mixes, candies and jellies. Only a small amount can be lethal for your dog!
Chocoholics anonymous. We know that chocolate is one of the major food groups for man, but for man’s best friend, it’s a huge health hazard. The darker the chocolate, the more problematic it is.
Not to worry, though. The Grinch hasn’t stolen all the Christmas feast. Believe it or not, there really are human treats that you all can share together, as you can read here. Put these on your Christmas menu, and your whole family -including your pet – can rest easy knowing that your festivities will be safe for everyone – from the holidays all the way through the new year!
This holiday season, Town N Country Animal Hospital is collecting non perishable food items for the food bank at Allied Churches of Alamance County. The Food Pantry at Allied Churches feeds over 2000 individuals every month. The holidays is a particularly trying time for those who are hungry. We’d like to help by donating at least 1000 cans and boxes of food and/or other non-perishable items.
To make donating even more fun, we’re going give you a $5.00 gift certificate to Town N Country for every 5 pounds of items that you bring.* We’ll have a scale right in our reception area so you can weigh in! The collection will run through the end of December.
We love the way our Town N Country family has always shown their generosity during the holidays. We’re looking forward to this year’s effort, and partnering with you to help ensure that we feed the hungry – right here in our community.
Thank you in advance!
Pssst. Over here. We don’t want to let the cat out of the bag, but you’ll be in the doghouse if we don’t tell you what a little bird told us. We have your pet’s Santa Claus list. Check it twice, or you might get coal in your stocking. https://www.veterinarian-hospital.com/pets-santa-list/
No Splash Dog Bowl. We mean it. This bowl doesn’t splash.
IFetch Ball Thrower. Your dog has overheard you say, “Don’t throw the ball once or she won’t let you alone.” You’ll never have to say that again with this automated ball thrower.
Treat Ball. Your dog is begging for this.
Chuckit! Classic Launchers. Don’t say that your dog doesn’t love you. You’ll never bend down to pick up a slobbery ball again.
Snoozer Luxury Cozy Cave Pet Bed. You may be tempted to steal this from your pet…
PetSafe Drinkwell. This waterer keeps fresh water flowing for health, and for fun, too!
Cat Tree. Don’t be surprised. A cat tree is the equivalent of a bicycle for a kid – sooner or later every cat is going to ask for one.
Laser Pointer. Honestly, we added this to the list. But we know that this stocking stuffer will amuse you as much as much as it will Fifi!
Cat Window Perch. Your cat wanted this so he can look out the window until you get home. This is a sturdy perch that will hold even big cats.