Holiday Season and your pets

I hope you are all enjoying this holiday season. I just wanted to remind you that there are some added dangers for your pets this year.

Poisonous plants – poinsettias, mistletoe, decorative berries, lilies.

Foods left out on tables & counters where your pets can get to them – chocolates, foods with artificial sweeteners, grapes, chunks of cheese or meat. These may be toxic to your pets or can cause serious stomach and pancreas problems.

Decorations – cats & dogs will eat tinsel, ribbon, string, rubber bands, ornaments, small ( & large) toys. These can all cause serious stomach or intestinal blockage that can require surgery.

Please remember to thoroughly pet-proof your house & remind your guests not to leave anything out where your pets can get to it.

While you and your pets are celebrating, please remember all the sad pets in shelters or with rescue groups. Adopting a pet from one of these organizations or donating to them is a really wonderful thing to do.

Flea Alert

We are seeing lots more fleas recently than we have seen all year. The fleas love this rain & humidity and it is not cold enough to make them go dormant. We are also noticing that fleas are becoming resistant to the older topical flea products like Advantage & Frontline. We are now recommending some new flea products: Activyl (topical flea control for dogs & cats), Nexgard (oral flea & tick control for dogs), Comfortis ( oral flea control for dogs & cats), and Trifexis ( oral flea control & Heartworm prevention for dogs). I recommend oral products if there are young children in your house. Please come in or call us at 408-264-3550 to discuss what would be best for you & your pet.

Note: If your pet has fleas and it comes indoors, you will need to treat for at least 3 months to eliminate fleas in your house.