Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Hallowe’en Horrors! Top Six Toxins That Could Harm Your Pet
October 25, 2016
Chocolate – The darker and more bitter the chocolate, the more toxic to your pet. Darker chocolates contain more caffeine and theobromine; the ingredients that cause dangerous symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea, muscle tremors and seizures, heart problems and hyperthermia. Ingesting the candy wrapper can also cause problems for your pet if it gets stuck along their digestive tract.
Raisins – Just as dangerous as chocolate, raisins can cause kidney failure. The exact toxin in raisins that causes the problem has not been identified. It is also not known why some dogs can ingest them with no consequences. Since it is not known exactly who will react or how many raisins will cause an issue, it is better to keep them tucked away from temptation.
Xylitol – A sugar substitute found in everything from candy to gum to toothpaste. If ingested it will cause a sudden drop in blood sugar in dogs. Other, serious signs may not be obvious for up to a couple days after eating xylitol, and can result in pancreatitis, problems with blood clotting, and potentially death.
Batteries – From flashlights or light-up costumes, chewed or swallowed batteries can cause chemical burns or tissue necrosis in less than 15 minutes. Heavy metals in the casings such as lead, zinc, or mercury can cause poisonings
Glow Sticks and Glow Jewelry – While not as toxic as some of the other products on this list, glow sticks usually contain a chemical called dibutyl phthalate which can cause oral burns if chewed on as well as excessive drooling or foaming at the mouth. Cats are especially at risk due to their curious natures.
Costumes – We think it’s cute and funny to dress up our animals on Hallowe’en but watch out for costumes that may contain lead or zinc in buttons or snaps, or small parts that can be chewed and swallowed causing stomach or intestinal blockages that require surgery. Hair dye should never be used on animals, even if it says it is non-toxic for people.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 4, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call 506.857.4271. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm - Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!