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CHRISTMAS: December

**As we’re about to “deck the halls” and prepare a wonderful Christmas feast, lets review a few things that can help make the holidays happy and safe for our four legged elves…

Here are some foods that are hazardous to our pets:

Chocolate, Grapes and Raisins, Milk, Onions, Bones (especially cooked), Eggs, Avocados, Macadamia nuts, and Alcohol, just to name a few.

  Chocolate is probably the best part of this holiday for many of us. Just remember to pick up some extra special treats for your pooch so that he wont be tempted to get into yours.

Chocolate can contain high amounts of fat and caffeine-like stimulants.If ingested in significant amounts, chocolate can potentially produce clinical effects in dogs ranging from vomiting and diarrhea to panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death in severe cases.

Typically, the darker the chocolate, the higher the potential for clinical problems from methylxanthine poisoning. White chocolate has the lowest methylxanthine content, while baking chocolate contains the highest. As little as 20 ounces of milk chocolate—or only two ounces of baking chocolate—can cause serious problems in a 10-pound dog. While white chocolate may not have the same potential as darker forms to cause a methylxanthine poisoning, the high fat content of lighter chocolates could still lead to vomiting and diarrhea, as well as the possible development of life-threatening pancreatitis, an inflammatory condition of the pancreas.

If your pets ingest ANY of these things, contact your veterinarian immediately!!!

Here are a few plants that we need to be cautious of:

Poinsettia, Mistletoe, and Holly. Also, keep an eye on the tree to make sure that it doesn’t dry out. Pine needles can present a big problem if your pet ingests them. There is a danger that the pine needles might pierce their internal organs. Its probably safest to buy an artificial tree if you have a lot of furry friends around for the holidays.

Deadly decorations:

It’s best not to have glass ornaments, but if you insist, then place them higher on the tree so that they are less likely to be bumped and knocked off. Ornament hooks are easy to overlook and that little metal or wire hook can cause injury if swallowed. A scratch or cut to your pets gastrointestinal tract can be serious and often costly. Also, when decorating the tree, try to avoid using tinsel (ice cycles) as they can become twisted around the intestines if swallowed and can cause irreparable damage.

After opening gifts, pick up the paper and ribbons immediately. Ribbons are a very attractive toy, especially to cats and kittens but can be deadly if ingested!

And again, we’d like to remind you: if you feel you HAVE to share your holiday dinner with your pets, please do so in moderation. Too much of a good thing can be harmful to your companion.

  Presents are wonderful but be careful where you place the ribbons and bows from your packages. If ingested, ribbons can get wrapped around the intestines and cause major damage or worse.

WE WISH YOU A WONDERFUL

AND SAFE HOLIDAY!!!

 

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Thanksgiving Day is a holiday that can pose many dangers to
cats, dogs and other pets. Take precautions to avoid holiday hazards to pets and keep in mind the following tips:

Keep Bones  Out of a Dog or Cat’s Reach

Turkey bones can be very tempting to a cat or dog, and a dog or cat who eats a bone can suffer an intestinal obstruction, punctures and tears to the intestinal tract and potentially deadly internal bleeding. To avoid this danger, keep all bones in a sealed plastic container. Then, dispose of the bones in a sealed outdoor trash can.

Confine Cats and Dogs When  Guests Arrive

Some dogs and cats are very social, others don’t appreciate
strangers. Many cats and dogs find holiday guests overwhelming and frightening. Combine this fright with a guest’s attempt to pet the nervous cat or dog and its highly likely for a dog or cat to bite or scratch. To avoid injury to the pet and to guests, supervise all interactions with the household pets. When this is not possible, it’s best to confine the cat or dog to a kennel or spare bedroom on Thanksgiving Day.

Thanksgiving Dinner for Dogs and Cats

Many dog and cat owners feel the urge to share their meal
with pets. This is usually permissible, but in moderation. Most of the foods served at Thanksgiving are safe for pets, though pet owners should always double-check a list of toxic food items just to make sure. Foods high in fat should always be avoided as this can cause pancreatitis, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Keep the Emergency Vet and Pet Poison

Control Numbers Handy

The holiday season is a common time for illness and injuries in pets. Always keep the number and address of your local veterinary clinic handy, along with the number to the ASPCA’s Pet Poison Control Center (888-426-4435) – just in case.

 

WE PROUDLY WELCOME

DR. MARTIN BURNETT, DVM

TO OUR COUNTRYSIDE TEAM

 

Dr. Martin Burnett, DVM  joined our team October 1, 2014. He  brings 20 years of experience in both large and small animal practice.

Dr. Martin graduated from Oregon State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1994 and began his veterinary career at Bailey Veterinary in Roseburg .

Watch for Dr. Martin out and about in the new CVS out call truck.

Dr. Tammy and the CVS team invite you to call in and schedule your appointment with Dr. Martin today.


CONGRATULATIONS ROCHELLE!

QUILT WINNER

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Quilt  Raffle

All proceeds benefit Countryside Veterinary’s Annie’s Fund

Annie’s fund is a savings account that our staff uses from time to time to help out a needy pet family.  This might include money to help pay for a life saving operation or medicine for a sick pet.  Our focus for this fund is elderly clients or others who are on a fixed income.
Donations into this account are made throughout the year by our generous clients, through raffles, And other fundraisers.  This is a small gesture, but every little bit helps when a pet has an unexpected illness.

One ticket for $1.00 or six tickets for $5.00

Winner will be announced October 1,  2014

Quilt on display at Umpqua Bank. Tickets must be purchased here at Countryside Veterinary.

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CONGRATULATIONS!

DIANE Q!

She was the winner of Kindle Fire. Diane has many sweet dogs who take Merial flea products. Thank you Merial for donating the Kindle Fire for the raffle.  Watch for more fun raffles in the future!

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SUMMER IS APPROACHING
WATCH FOR RATTLESNAKES &
GET YOUR DOG VACCINATED
A venomous snake bite is a life-threatening emergency.  A “snake-bite vaccine” is useful if you’re in an area that has venomous snakes.  The vaccine creates protective antibodies that are useful in neutralizing the venom.  It lessens the severity of signs if your dog is bitten. On average, antibody levels in recently vaccinated dogs are  comparable to treatment with three vials of antivenin. Antivenin is a commercially produced serum that neutralizes the effects of the venom. It is extremely expensive and can have side effects. Even if the dog is vaccinated, it will still need to be examined by a veterinarian. Our veterinarian’s knowledge and experience will help determine the appropriate treatment for your dog.  Call today to set your appointment to get your dog the Rattlesnake Vaccine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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