Holiday Pet Safety Tips!

It’s that time of year again! Houses are dripping with yards of garland, shiny glass bulbs and strings of twinkling lights. While this is surely a winter wonderland for you, there are a few things to remember to keep the holidays merry for your pet.

Christmas Tree

Anchor your tree. Cats that like to climb an dogs that bound through the house may knock it over. The tree may fall on your pet, or scatter your ornaments that were once out of reach of your pet, providing a range of shiny new toys for them. If you have a live tree, guard the base to discourage pets from drinking the tree water. Stangnant water grows all kinds of bacteria, and your tree may have been coated with fertilizers and pesticides which could end up in the water. It’s safer all around for your pet to stay away. Also, try to refrain from decorating your tree with food, such as stringing popcorn and berries. Pet’s will be more inclined to pull down a tree that smells delicious. Fragile ornaments should be hung high on the tree, far away from swatting paws and wagging tails.

Tinsel and Garland

Cats especially like to play with this stringy, shiny stuff, however, if your cat eats it, it can cause intestinal upset and blockage. It may even result in surgery! The same goes for confetti from your New Year’s celebration. It’s best to keep it out of reach or closely monitor your cats.

Food

There is plenty of rich holiday food to go around, and no doubt your pet will be begging for table scraps, but please refrain from feeding an abundance of rich fatty foods to your furry friend. It could result in GI upset and diarrhea. Do not feed your pet chicken or turkey bones, as they can splinter and cause additional stomach issues. If you are having lots of company in the house, please remind them not to feed your pets from their plates, and no matter how crazy your party gets, never feed your pet any alcohol. Foods to avoid are: chocolate, alcohol, uncooked dough, fruits and nuts, wrappers and aluminum foil, and any medications. Also, keep an eye on your trash can! Even though you may not be offering your pet food, it is still available to them with a little ingenuity.

Plants

Pretty holiday pants can add a beautiful, festive flair to your home, but beware that many holiday plants including; holly, mistletoe and poinsettias are poisonous. Keep them safely out of reach of your pets.

Candles and Lights

Do not leave lighted candles unattended, and use appropriate candle holders on a stable surface so they are less likely to be knocked over. Holiday lights should also be closely monitored, and wires and batteries should be kept out of your pet’s reach.

Gifts

If you are giving your pets toys this holiday season, make sure they are safe and appropriate. Do not allow pets to play with your childrens toys as they may have parts that can break or be swallowed. Also, please DO NOT give a pet as a gift unless you are certain it is part of the family’s plan. Pets are not just a bit of holiday fun, they are a big commitment. Make sure the recipient is able to handle the responsibility that comes with being a pet owner.

Last, but not least, enjoy your pet this holiday season! There is nothing quite as cozy as seeing your dog curled up in front of the fireplace, or your cat batting around the opened wrapping paper. They love the season just as much as we do. Happy Holidays from us here at MAC.

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Proud to be AAHA Accredited!

If you are a client here at Midland Animal Clinic, you’ve surely seen, or heard, that we are AAHA Accredited.  We have it proudly posted on our sign out front, in the lobby, on our website and on FaceBook; but what does that mean exactly?

AAHA stands for the American Animal Hospital Association.  They are an association of members who primarily treat companion animals.  AAHA created the Accreditation Program to help set at higher standard of care for companion animals, create a better working realationship between veterinary staff, and provide clinics with a way show their dedication to excellence with their clients and community.

Here at Midland Animal Clinic, we have been Accredited since 1966.  We undergo an intense evaluation process every three years in which we are evaluated on over 900 standards.  Some of the areas on which we are graded include: patient care, surgery, pharmacy, laboratory, exam facilities, pet health records, cleanliness, emergency services, dental and nursing care, diagnostic imaging, anesthesiology, and continuing education.

Of all of the small animal practices in the United States, only 15% are Accredited through AAHA.  We are very proud to be the only clinic in Midland County with this achievement!

Up and Running!

Welcome to our new blog!  We set it up so we would have another way to get you the information you want and need for your pet.  Please let us know if there is anything you would like to see posted and we will do our best to keep you updated on what’s going on with our furry friends.

Change is good here at the clinic!  We have a new payment program that has been rolled out this week, along with a new Twitter account (@midlandanimalcl  –be patient, I’m still learning how to use it!) and a brand new Online Food Store!

The brand-spankin’-new Pet Annual Wellness (PAW) Plan is here!  PAW Plans are preventive care packages that include office visits, vaccinations, routine parasite screening, basic blood testing and additional services, depending on the selected plan level.  They are not  insurance, but rather subscription based plans that provide clients with significant discounts (an average of 40-60% off retail prices) on preventive services and allow them to spread the annual cost of care over a 12 month period.  We are very excited to be able to offer this to our clients and would love to share more information with you!  You can ask our team if the PAW Plan is a good fit for your pet at your next visit, come in an pick up a brochure, or give us a call and we would be happy to mail a brochure to you.

As you can see, we are trying to vamp up our social media outreach.  MAC is on it’s way to becoming well versed in FaceBook, Twitter, and WordPress jargon.  We would like to thank our clients who are getting involved and making checking in our our social forums fun and informative.  Keep the pictures, comments, posts, and ‘likes’ coming!  We love hearing from you!  Any idea’s you all may have on things you would like to see (or not see) on any of these sites is also very helpful.  We want to make these sites as useful and entertaining for you as we can!

Our Online Food Store is open for business!  Now you can order food and other items for your pet directly from us on the net, at any time night or day, for delivery right to your doorstep. Buying pet-related products from our practice is easy, convienent, and secure when you shop our online food store. What’s more, you can rest assured that these products come from a reliable and trusted source. Login to your Pet Portal account, or set one up from our website. Once logged in click the “Shop Online” menu tab to get started!

Phew.  Made it through my first blog…ever.  Now back to Urgent Care, and my other duties on this rainy Saturday afternoon. =)