How to Give Your Pet a Safe and Stress-Free Christmas Holiday

Healthy dog during Christmas season.

Between the gifts, the shopping, the cooking, the holiday parties, and the houseguests, the Christmas holiday can be as trying as they are lovely. Unfortunately, your pets can sometimes feel the stress of the season, too. Even during the busiest time of year, it’s important to make sure to keep pet safety in mind. The team at The Pets Place Animal Hospital has put together these tips for a pet-safe and stress-free Christmas holiday: 

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Problematic Trends: Home Decor & Seasonal Trends Not Safe for Pets

Holiday pet safety.

The holiday season is fast upon us, and for many families that means it’s time to dust off all those boxes of seasonal decor. 

Maybe it’s a collection of ceramic pumpkins, tinsel, or Christmas tree lights?  Maybe it’s that cheesy and somehow terrifying scarecrow your partner insists belongs by the front door? Anyway, the point is, to make sure your fun and festive decorations don’t unnecessarily put your pet in harm’s way. 

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Understanding Pet Diabetes

Pet cat given a shot by veterinarian.

With over 10% of the population in the United States being affected by diabetes, almost all of us know a little bit about this chronic condition. Not as many people appreciate, however, that dogs and cats can be diagnosed diabetic as well. The Pet’s Place Animal Hospital feels that understanding pet diabetes is an important part of overall pet health care and is happy to share the basics. 

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How To Improve Pet Safety During the Back-to-School Season

Girl happy to see pet dog after school.

Your pets have been content to have the children home all summer (and, perhaps even the school year, too). Now that schools have reopened, your pets may have some feelings about the kids being away.

Anxious and Lonely; Why Did You Leave Me?

If your children leave the house for a full day back in school, your pets could suffer the loss. Most dogs are attached to their humans and may feel their job is to protect human family members. When you’re away, they may be anxious and feel abandoned. Even cats can feel unsettled when you’re gone. How can you help pets adjust to more time alone?

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How to Ensure Pet Water Safety for Your Summer Fun

Riverside, CA dog swimming in water.

Summertime is perfect for fun days out by the pool, a swim in the lake, or a beach trip. The team at The Pet’s Place Animal Hospital has put together some tips to ensure water safety for your pet for summer fun:

Common Misconception: All Dogs Know How to Swim 

Unfortunately, dogs are not born with the natural ability to know how to swim. While many dogs are proficient at swimming, every dog’s ability is different. It’s best to introduce your pet to the water with these careful steps to gauge their swimming ability: 

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Baneful Bouquet: Flowers that Are Toxic to Pets

Yellow daffodils in bloom.

This time of year is all about the blooms, from fresh cut bouquets to early spring flowers like tulips, hyacinths, and crocus. While we enjoy the beauty and delicious scent of fresh flowers, some of these plants are poisonous to our pet companions. The good news is that most plants are nontoxic, but it is important to know which ones to avoid.

The team at The Pets Place Animal Hospital is here to make you aware of these flowers that are toxic to pets and some pet friendly blooms, too.

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The Best Pest Control Around Pets, and Some DIY Alternatives

Pet owners love animals, but that doesn’t always mean we want to live with spiders, ants, slugs, and rodents. Instead, we want to carefully manage populations of these pests on and around our property. Not only is it good for our house, lawn and garden, but pests have the potential to make our pets very sick.

But how can you ensure that whatever products you use are safe for your pets? Check out our guide to pest control around pets for the most effective tactics.

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This Summer, Don’t Overlook the Importance of Pet Hydration

There’s a big emphasis on your pet’s nutrition, but of all the nutrients necessary to their survival water is number one. 

Water helps pets maintain a healthy temperature, especially when they pant or sweat through their paws. Water is also essential for digestion, blood flow, waste removal, and sustaining healthy body tissue. In fact, water accounts for approximately 70% of a pet’s weight. With 70-90% of their body’s tissue consisting of water, adequate pet hydration is a big priority.

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Forgetting Something? Halloween Pet Safety Made Easy

A white dog dressed in costume as a devil-witch sits on a porch decorated with Jack-o-lanterns

Whether it’s the search for the best Game of Thrones costume, or the pursuit of the spookiest Halloween cookie recipe, we can definitely get a little distracted from our normal routines this time of year. Coast to coast, we immerse ourselves in as many as seasonal offerings as possible. 

The Halloween festivities are all in good fun, of course, but our pets don’t know that. Even the most even-tempered pet can get pretty freaked out by all the noise and confusing decorations. A mindful approach to Halloween pet safety is not only critical for your pet’s well being, it’s important for yours too!

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When it Comes to Pets and Essential Oils, Err on the Side of Caution

A calico cat sniffs at an essential oil defuser made of bamboo

Humankind have used medicinal plants for thousands of years. The leaves, bark, roots, seeds, fruits, and flowers of various plants have different active ingredients (one part of the same plant could be safe, others toxic). Extracted from plants, essential oils are considered volatile. 

Essential oils also have a long history. While more research is being done to understand the effects of these powerful products on people, the combination of pets and essential oils may be risky.

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