Holiday Gifts for Pets

December 3, 2014

Holiday Gifts for the Naughty and Nice Pets on Your List

December 11, 2013

cat bunk bedA room with a view
What kitten wouldn’t want to find a bunk bed and playroom under the tree with her name on it? The top bunk is perfect for a perching cat or a cat nap, and the bottom bunk for a game of hide-and-seek with a catnip mouse or jingle ball.

Put some socks in his stocking
Do you have a nice, but mobility-impaired older dog? Put Woodrow Wear Power Paws on all four feet and watch these gripper slippers give traction on slippery tile or wood floors. These stylish dog socks come in a rainbow of colors and holiday designs.

Cat walking vest
Going to Grandma’s for the holiday? In addition to checking to be sure Fluffy’s microchip information is current in the registry, consider a SturdiPet™ walking vest from Sturdi Products. It is attractive and snug fitting and unlike many harnesses for cats, this one really stays on and keeps your cat comfortably restrained while you travel in the car or on the airplane to your holiday destination.

Waist watching
The peek-a-boo pet latch is a gift for your naughty dog. Using this latch on the door of the room where you keep the cat litter box will keep your dog from “snacking” in the cat box. The other use for this clever product is to keep an overweight pet out of the food bowl of a more slender pet.

Holiday hairdo
Everyone, your pet included, wants to look their best and smell nice to ring in 2014. What better way to have a coat that shines like the Times Square ball than to have a gift of dog toiletries under the tree for Sparky. Burt’s Bees, the folks with the beeswax based lip balm, now have a new line of natural pet products. Additionally, Wahl, the sponsors of America’s Dirtiest Dog contest, has cleaned up shelter dogs and can clean up your dog as well!

Rest and relaxation
After all the holiday activities, you and your pet will need some rest. Body Glove Pet will introduce a neoprene mat for use in crates or on hard floors, just after the first of the year. Neoprene is the material in wetsuits, so this product will be sturdy, washable and comfortable for a long winter’s rest.

And something for you too!
Need a calendar for 2014 and want to support a good animal cause? Here are just a few listings of calendars from a variety of animal organizations, including The Animal Medical Center!


Holiday Hazards 2012

December 13, 2012

cat_poinsettiaThe holidays can be fun times for everyone in the family—pets included—but they can also pose dangers to dogs and cats. Here are a few of the holiday-related cases we’ve seen at The Animal Medical Center’s Emergency Service this week.

Tarquin, Gracie and Yoggy snacked from the naughty list

Tarquin, a 5-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, took advantage of chocolate left within her reach. After consuming most of the bag’s contents while her owners were out, her family returned to find her nauseous and vomiting. A trip to The Animal Medical Center ER resulted in an overnight stay because of a rapid heart rate induced by theobromine, a caffeine-like component of chocolate.

Gracie the Maltese barely tips the scale at 3 pounds. Despite her small stature, she managed to wolf down five dark chocolate truffles. This naughty list indulgence landed her in the hospital getting a treatment of activated charcoal to help bind up any chocolate toxins remaining in her intestinal tract. The darker the chocolate, the higher the concentration of theobromine, and baking chocolate contains the highest concentration. In a dainty dog like Gracie, a few bites of stolen baking chocolate could be fatal.

Yoggy, a young Yorkshire terrier, also ate dark chocolate. His owners discovered him racing around their apartment like a mad man in a chocolate-induced hyperactive state. The ER staff found his blood pressure was elevated too. Yoggy got intravenous fluids and a mild sedative. Lucky for Yoggy, he recovered quickly and was discharged from The AMC the following day.

Other foods on the naughty list include raisins, grapes, onions, and fatty foods. For a yet unknown reason, raisins and grapes cause kidney failure in dogs consuming even just a few. Onions and their relative, garlic, damage the red blood cells of both dogs and cats, resulting in anemia. Fatty foods can induce severe stomach upset or inflammation of the pancreas, so a purloined pork loin should be off your dog’s holiday menu.

Oliver does a mistleno-no

Oliver, a 2-year-old cat, used up one of his nine lives this holiday season when he decided to have a Japanese snow lily salad. These beautiful flowers grace many holiday floral arrangements, but should be avoided in a home with a cat. Ingestion of poinsettia, mistletoe, holly, and cyclamen’s tuberous roots will cause gastrointestinal upset. Some varieties of lilies and amaryllis will cause kidney failure if eaten by your favorite feline. Best to avoid using these in your holiday decorating or you might be spending the holiday with your favorite veterinarian and not with your family!


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