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4 tips to remember in a pet emergency
Unfortunately, no matter how prepared you are, the unexpected is always possible. Disasters and emergencies do not happen on a schedule. Whether your pet has ingested something toxic, is vomiting, has had a seizure, or is injured, problems need to be addressed. When an emergency strikes, it is important to stay calm to lessen the stress and tension around you. You do not need to make your children or pets fearful. Remember the following tips:
  • Do not wait. Time is precious in an emergency. Even minor symptoms can quickly worsen. Early diagnosis and treatment ensure faster, better care for your pet. It also keeps the problem from worsening and needing additional medication or potentially more invasive procedures. Seek veterinary help as soon as you see that something is wrong.
Taking care of a disabled pet
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is on December 3. While we focus on disabled people, we shouldn’t forget the disabled animals, who are also crying out for help.

If you own a disabled pet, you would have some idea about what they go through. If you care for this pet properly, it wouldn’t become a burden to you. In fact, you and your pet would find great joy in your relationship.

Some helpful tips:
  • Build a routine – Thinking about your pet’s needs may overwhelm you, but if you incorporate these activities into a daily routine, it will be easier to motivate yourself. Your pet will also get used to this routine over time, and will look forward to it.
  • Speak to your vet, who would be the best source of support and information.
  • Get a second opinion – Some veterinarians may offer specialized advice on pets’ neurological conditions. You may receive innovative solutions and treatment plans that will work, and give your pet better quality of life.
  • Find a support group – Get in touch with others who are dealing with the same situation and learn how they tackle it. Empathy, encouragement and useful tips can be shared among group members. Get friends and family to help you without trying to do everything yourself.
  • Search online - The internet hosts a wealth of information including how to care for disabled pets, and on special discounted items for needy animals.
  • Look after yourself – Taking care of a disabled animal could be stressful. It’s important that you look after yourself too to ensure that you are not negatively affected.

Protect your pets during festive season
Christmas and New Year are times of joy and festivities for us, but is it the same for our four-legged companions? As we decorate our homes with Christmas trees, lights and tinsel and stock our larders with festive meal ingredients, there are certain things that pet owners should be concerned about. We should take care to ensure that this season is free of dangers for our furry friends.

Among the foods which should be kept away from cats and dogs is chocolate, which is highly toxic to them, causing serious poisoning and indigestion. Agitation, heart problems, hyperexcitability, tremors, and life-threatening convulsions are among the symptoms. Grapes, sultanas, and raisins; garlic and onions; Macadamia nuts; leftover turkey; fatty foods; and alcohol are some unsuitable consumables.

A Christmas tree poses its own dangers. Floral arrangements including seasonal plants like poinsettia, holly, ivy, and mistletoe are dangerous for both cats and dogs while lilies could even be lethal to cats. Decorations on Christmas trees, electric bulbs and wires can put our pets at risk of electrocution, strangulation and indigestion.

Another danger facing our pets is crackers and fireworks. The loud noises and lights increase their anxiety, resulting in lost and ‘run away’ pets. Bring your pets indoors and prepare a comfortable place for them with their familiar bedding, and toys. Having someone stay with them to make them feel calm and secure and distracting them with some activities or music are good ideas. You can ensure their safety by microchipping them and having ID tags with updated information, so that even if they do get lost, you should be able to find them.
Bloomfield Animal Hospital.
Phone: (562) 383-7788
20927 Norwalk Blvd Lakewood, CA 90715
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