Welcome to the November 2011 edition of the Cheshire Cat Feline Health Center Newsletter! Fall is here and the holiday season is right around the corner. In past years, our newsletter focused on common holiday hazards such as high fat foods, toxic plants and decorations. Want to read more? See our November 2009 and December 2010 newsletters.
This month we will focus on Internet Hazards. The internet contains a wealth of information that can be very helpful in understanding your cat's basic needs and medical conditions. Thousands of sites exist to aid owners and give recommendations on everything from toys to food to health care. Unfortunately, not all information on the web is safe! Anyone, regardless of their background or experience, can create a web page and offer well-meaning suggestions that may have been helpful in their own personal experience but that have no factual, medical backing or reputable research support. Remember: Just because you read it on the internet, does not make it true!
The veterinary community has worked diligently to create reliable, easy to navigate sites that lead pet owners to information. You can feel confident that these sites are factual, up-to-date and well-supported by veterinarians.
CLICK HERE to read more about the web sites that Cheshire Cat Feline Health Center uses and recommends! Additionally, remember that internet research should never replace the advice and care of your trusted veterinarian. We are eager to help!
The smells of Thanksgiving fill your home and everyone's mouth begins to water ? including your pets! This time of year brings out the counter surfing talents of your pets. Taking care to keep irresistible flavors away from your pets palate prevents unwanted illness. Many pets receive small amounts of trimmings from the kitchen throughout the year; however, Thanksgiving tends to bring out an overabundance in everyone. Here are some food items to be aware of:
- High fat foods, such as ham, gravy, butter, and desserts, may cause inflammation of your pet's pancreas. Pancreatitis causes intense abdominal pain and vomiting and requires hospitalization to recover. Keep foods securely sealed and enclosed in a high space or the refrigerator. Secure the lid on the trash can to avoid garbage raiding.
- Bones: chewing on bones, particularly turkey bones, can cause splintering. Once swallowed, the splintered bones can cause trauma to the intestinal tract, requiring surgery. Ham bones, while they tend to not splinter, are hard and can fracture teeth during chewing.
- Onions and onion powder: in large enough quantities can cause a sudden onset of anemia.
- Foreign objects: such as string (used to tie the turkey), skewers, plastic bags and turkey poppers. Your pet does not have self-restraint or the common sense to avoid these objects that drip of meat juices. Watch out!
Thanksgiving is not only a time for sharing food - it is a time to share with family and friends. If you expect a large number of people in your home, be sure to watch the door to make sure that there are no unexpected escapes. With all of the people in the house, some pets may become nervous with the change in routine. Provide your pet with a retreat space to unwind from it all.
If you want to offer your pet something special too, choose alternative treats such as a new toy or extra bonding and exercise time. At the end of the day, you will be thankful you did.
Please note: Cheshire Cat Feline Health will be CLOSED on SATURDAY, November 5, 2011 for a Staff Event. We will reopen on Monday, November 7th. Thank you for understanding!
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Simba and Keebler are still waiting for loving families to step up and adopt them. Living in a cage at a vet hospital can be stressful and lonely. These boys deserve a real home! Can you help? Please consider taking one of these guys into your heart and home. Read more about them on our web site.
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Happy Holidays from,
Dr. Ann D. Middleton
Dr. Michelle R. Metcalf
and the entire Team at Cheshire Cat Feline Health Center