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Holiday Food and Treats, Cold Weather may not be fun for your Pet

If you have any questions or concerns you are welcome to contact them at 910-458-3000 come in and see them at 1337 Bridge Barrier Road. The office hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office will be closed Nov. 28 for Thanksgiving and Dec. 25 for Christmas. If you have concerns on these holidays you may contact the Animal Emergency Clinic at 910-791-7387. For additional information, visit www.carolinabeachanimalhospital.com. The doctors and staff at Carolina Beach Animal Hospital.

By: Candace Lookingbill
Staff Writer

CAROLINA BEACH - As the holidays approach it is a time for celebration with our family and furry friends. As much joy as this time brings the dangers for our beloved pets increase with holiday food and treats, colder weather and holiday travels. It is known how much you love to give your pets some leftovers from that big family meal, but the staff at Carolina Beach Hospital advises to use caution as some may be toxic to your pets.
Some examples of these foods include turkey skin which can cause pancreatitis; cooked bones causing splinters in the digestive track, onions and garlic, cooked and uncooked, can cause anemia; walnuts and macadamia nuts lead to “macadamia nut toxicosis;” nutmeg can cause seizures; sage will cause an upset stomach; dough and batter can rise in the stomach causing bloating; and finally alcohol, which can lead to death. Before giving your pet a holiday treat think twice and consult your veterinarian.
Winter is approaching and as you ready yourselves the pets need to be ready as well. Be sure to get your pet checked yearly for heartworms and have a discussion regarding flea, tick and heartworm preventives with your veterinarian.
Fleas and ticks can survive in colder weather and always pose a threat to your pets here at the coast. It is essential to protect them from these ectoparasites by using flea and tick prevention. You can see fleas and ticks but there is another danger that can be hidden in our pets’ hearts. These are known as heartworms. Although you cannot see them, they pose a significant threat and can go undetected if not tested for yearly. It is also important to keep your pets on heartworm prevention all year for they do pose a threat during warm spells even in the winter.
During the holiday season, the stress of traveling may impact your pet whether it is traveling with you or being boarded at a facility. If you know your pet gets anxious, discuss options with your vet that would be best suited for your furry friend. Whether you board your pet or take it with you on your travels, be sure to have them up-to-date on all their vaccinations recommended by your veterinarian. While traveling with your pet be sure to have an updated copy of their records to carry with you at all times in case of an emergency. At Carolina Beach Animal Hospital they know your pet is part of your family and they strive to make sure they are treated as so. If you have any questions or concerns you are welcome to contact them at 910-458-3000 come in and see them at 1337 Bridge Barrier Road, Carolina Beach. The office hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office will be closed Nov. 28 for Thanksgiving and Dec. 25 for Christmas. If you have concerns on these holidays you may contact the Animal Emergency Clinic at 910-791-7387. For additional information, visit www.carolinabeachanimalhospital.com. The doctors and staff at Carolina Beach Animal Hospital wish you a safe and happy holiday!