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The doctors and team at Star of Texas believe you should be as much a part of your pet's care as you want. We have an open door policy; we allow and encourage you to come in and tour the hospital, meet our doctors, visit your boarding or sick pet, and even watch your pet's dental procedure. We welcome you to feel comfortable and at home in our hospital. Even if you are not a client of ours, please feel free to stop by for a tour and to meet our wonderful team!
Are you looking for the perfect present for your pets this holiday season? How about a hazard-free household?
“The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy for our families, but in preparing for the season, many pet owners run the risk of exposing their pets to household dangers that could present potential life-threatening hazards to their pets,” says Dr. Lori Pasternak, of Helping Hands Affordable Veterinary Surgery and Dental Care in Richmond, Va. “These latent hazards could derail your clients’ holiday season if their pets become ill as a result of these hidden perils.”
While holiday decorations can make a home feel more festive, they can be tantalizing traps for pets. You should keep decorations and ornaments higher up on trees so they’re not consumed by pets. If a pet decides the colorful garland or tree trim might make a tasty snack, they can and will get stuck in the pet’s intestines, necessitating immediate surgical removal. Also, exposed cords from electric lights can cause electrocution or oral burns if chewed.
2. Gift wrap
When it’s time to pull all the gifts out of hiding to be wrapped, you should make sure your pets aren’t in the room while they spread out all the wrapping paper, bows, and ribbons. “If a cat starts gnawing on the ribbon, it will literally ‘stitch’ the cat’s intestines together as its being passed through the gut,” Dr. Pasternak says.
3. Holiday feast
While turkey and ham make up the majority of traditional holiday meals, turkey and ham bones can become lodged in the pet’s intestines if swallowed in large pieces. Do not to offer table scraps to your pets. Cats and dogs could become seriously ill or even choke to death.
The poinsettias you use as holiday centerpieces are also toxic to most pets if they’re chewed and swallowed in large enough quantities. “The level of toxicity is completely proportionate to the size and weight of the pet, but instead of doing the math on that equation, it’s better to choose other types of floral arrangements that don’t endanger pets,” Dr. Pasternak says.
The holidays should be fun for you, not an unscheduled trip to the veterinary hospital! But, if something does happen, you shouldn’t hesitate to bring your pet in to us or to the Emergency Clinic—no matter what holiday it is.
If you are not able to stop by and tour the hospital in person, take a moment to tour it here! Here is our 360 Tour-you can follow the arrows to any part of our facility!
At this site, you will find information about our practice philosophy, our services, helpful forms to assist you and an extensive Pet Medical Libraryfor you to search for additional pet health care information.
Thank you for taking the time to read about our veterinary practice and the services we offer. We welcome your comments and suggestions. Please contact us at (512)291-1600 for all your pet health care needs.
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