Keeping Pets Safe for the Holidays
While you want your pets to enjoy the holiday season as much as you do, you may have to visit the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County if something goes wrong, whether you live in Ferndale, Monticello, or Liberty. The best way to avoid having to see a veterinarian for a seasonally related emergency is to be aware of the dangers and pitfalls of the season so that you can keep your pets safe.
The Dangers of Baking
Though you may enjoy making baked goodies for friends and family, they can be very harmful to your pets. If your sweet treats include chocolate, be sure to store them in a place where your pets can't get to them. Even a small amount of bakers chocolate in their system can be lethal. It can cause vomiting, tremors, an accelerated heart rate, and seizures. Even something as simple as uncooked dough can have serious consequences for your pet.
The Dangers of Vermin
If you have rats or mice in your home you may be tempted to use poison to kill them. However, this poison could also be ingested by your pet. The safest way to deal with a rat or mouse problem is to purchase traps and place them where they are needed in your house. Make sure to place these somewhere where your pet cannot easily become caught in them.
There are other safe ways to handle this problem as well. Natural repellents will help you eliminate vermin without taking the risk of making your pet sick in the process. There are even ways to keep vermin out of your home by using onions, garlic, and peppermint. Cleaning your house with baking soda is another way to eliminate vermin without putting your pets in danger.
Ultrasonic emitters placed around your home can also make it an undesirable place for mice and rats. Though you and your pets won't be able to hear the sound emitted, rodents will. If you are able to identify where mice or rats are entering your home, you can create a barrier to try and keep them out. Securing your baseboards goes a long way in keeping these pests away from you and your pets.
Contact Animal Hospital of Sullivan County
In the event harm does come to your pet this holiday season, make sure you contact the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County. We serve pet owners in Ferndale, Liberty, and Monticello. For more information on seasonal dangers or to schedule an appointment, call us at (845) 292-6711.