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We might sound like a broken record with our posts on pet hazards and pet safety around the holidays, but you can't be too careful. Nationwide pet insurance has shared a handy infographic on the treatment costs associated with holiday hazards. You might be surprised to see that a ingested length of ribbon averages over $1600 in medical treatment costs! Avoid a holiday trip to the vet for these common hazards…and happy holidays!! For more information, visit Nationwide at http://phz8.petinsurance.com/ownership-adoption/pet-ownership/pet-holidays/holiday-pet-hazards-infographic
We thank the AMVA for the following Thanksgiving tips! Click the link following these tips for even more information on precautions to take when hosting parties and traveling with pets!
Thanksgiving is a special holiday that brings together family and friends, but it also can carry some hazards for pets. Holiday food needs to be kept away from pets, and pet owners who travel need to either transport their pets safely or find safe accommodations for them at home. Follow these tips to keep your pets healthy and safe during the holiday.
Overindulging in the family feast can be unhealthy for humans, but even worse for pets: Fatty foods are hard for animals to digest. Poultry bones can damage your pet’s digestive tract. And holiday sweets can contain ingredients that are poisonous to pets.
Keep the feast on the table—not under it. Eating turkey or turkey skin – sometimes even a small amount – can cause a life-threatening condition in pets known as pancreatitis. Fatty foods are hard for animals to digest, and many foods that are healthy for people are poisonous to pets – including onions, raisins and grapes. If you want to share a Thanksgiving treat with your pet, make or buy a treat that is made just for them.
No pie or other desserts for your pooch. Chocolate can be harmful for pets, even though many dogs find it tempting and will sniff it out and eat it. The artificial sweetener called xylitol – commonly used in gum and sugar-free baked goods – also can be deadly if consumed by dogs or cats.
Yeast dough can cause problems for pets, including painful gas and potentially dangerous bloating.
Put the trash away where your pets can’t find it. A turkey carcass sitting out on the carving table, or left in a trash container that is open or easily opened, could be deadly to your family pet. Dispose of turkey carcasses and bones – and anything used to wrap or tie the meat, such as strings, bags and packaging – in a covered, tightly secured trash bag placed in a closed trash container outdoors (or behind a closed, locked door).
Be careful with decorative plants. Don’t forget that some flowers and festive plants can be toxic to pets. These include amaryllis, Baby’s Breath, Sweet William, some ferns, hydrangeas and more. The ASPCA offers lists of plants that are toxic to both dogs and cats, but the safest route is simply to keep your pets away from all plants and table decorations.
Quick action can save lives. If you believe your pet has been poisoned or eaten something it shouldn’t have, call your veterinarian or local veterinary emergency clinic immediately. You may also want to call the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline: 888-426-4435. Signs of pet distress include: sudden changes in behavior, depression, pain, vomiting, or diarrhea. Contact your veterinarian immediately.
Keep reading the article here: https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/thanksgiving-pet-safety.aspx
In response to a recent human exposure to a rabid fox in Luzerne County, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) is releasing the following information regarding Rabies in Pennsylvania.
Rabies is an important zoonotic disease known to affect all mammals including humans; mammals represent the only known reservoirs of the disease. Rabies is a serious infection of the nervous system caused by a virus which is usually transmitted to humans by a bite or scratch from a wild infected animal, most commonly, raccoon, fox, bat or a skunk. The rabies virus is also transmitted by the bite of unvaccinated rabies-infected dogs and cats. Rabies almost always results in death if a bite or scratch from a rabid animal (an animal infected with rabies) is not treated at the time of exposure and symptoms of an infection develop.
It is important to note that rabies is endemic in Pennsylvania and that raccoons (1st), cats (2nd), and bats (3rd) represent the animals most responsible for human exposure to rabies. In Pennsylvania, rabies has been also been reported in opossums, groundhogs, cattle, horses, and other domestic animals. Small rodents such as hamsters, squirrels, chipmunks, mice, and rabbits are very rarely infected with the rabies virus.
How is Rabies Spread to Humans?
Rabies is transmitted to humans and other animals through close contact with saliva from infected animals (i.e. bites, scratches, licks on broken skin and mucous membranes).
How is Rabies Prevented?
Vaccination of animals against rabies, and not feeding, approaching, or handling wild or stray animals are the primary methods of rabies prevention. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania law requires all dogs and non-feral cats three months of age and older to be vaccinated against rabies. Booster vaccinations must be administered periodically to maintain lifelong immunity. The Pennsylvania Department of Health assists health care providers to determine potential risk of rabies exposure, tests animals for rabies, and advises on management of human rabies exposures.
Want more information on Rabies and the law? Check out this link: http://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Protect/AHDServices/Pages/Rabies.aspx#.V2G03bsrKUk
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Rabies Map: http://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Protect/AHDServices/Documents/Rabies_May2016.pdf
Summer is just about here! Are you ready? Is your pet ready? Our friends at Nationwide put together this handy infographic on Summertime Pet Hazards. From foxtails to sunscreen to salt water, there are many hazards for your pets as we move into the warmer weather. It is best to be aware and be prepared for these risks but still have fun this summer!