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The fall and winter holiday seasons are upon us, and we here at the All Pet family want to help you and your pets make it through in one piece!  The following tips and important safety information should be on the minds of all pet owners during this hectic time of year, so print a copy for your friends and post a copy on the fridge!  Together, lets make sure safety comes first during the holidays! JG

Halloween

• Make sure all pets are inside, especially black cats. Keep pets away from doors leading outside.
• Foil wraps on candies can cause internal injuries if swallowed. The foil can be like a razor.
• Don’t leave candles unattended; pets are attracted to light. Not only could they receive serious burns, they could knock candles over spilling hot was onto furniture and carpeting.
• Although Fido and Fluffy may be attracted to the smell and taste of chocolate, in sufficient quantities, chocolate can make him or her very sick. The result can be vomiting, diarrhea, and a lovely holiday spent at the emergency vet clinic.

Thanksgiving

• Don’t give your pet large quantities of cooked turkey and ham during the holidays! Human food is too rich, can cause additional health problems, and often leads to unsatisfactory eating habits. Plus, bones are dangerous!! Please don’t feed your pets bones, especially poultry bones. Poultry bones splinter easily causing pain and in some cases death.

Christmas

• Many holiday plants can lead to health problems in dogs and cats. Among the plants to keep out of reach are holly, mistletoe, poinsettias, and lilies.
• Snow globes often contain antifreeze, which is poisonous to pets.
• Pine needles, when ingested, can puncture holes in a pet’s intestines.
• Cords and plugs of holiday lights and other fixtures can look like chew toys to pets. Tape down or cover cords to help avoid shocks, burns or other injuries. Unplug lights when you leave home!
• Anchor Christmas trees to the ceiling with a string to keep them from falling on pets.
• Do not let pets drink the holiday tree water. Some may contain fertilizers, and stagnant tree water can harbor bacteria. Check labels for tree water preservatives and artificial snow, and buy only those that are non-toxic. DO NOT put aspirin in the water. Some people do this thinking it will keep the tree or plant more vigorous, but if a pet ingests the aspirin-laced water, its health or even its life can be at risk!
• Pets, particularly cats, can be tempted to eat tinsel, which can block the intestines. Hang tinsel high and securely to keep it out of reach of pets.
• Keep ornaments out of reach of pets. Ingestion of any ornament, which look like toys to pets, can result in life-threatening emergencies. Even ornaments made from dried food can be problematic. And remember, shards from broken glass ornaments can injure paws, mouths and other parts of the body.
• Avoid toxic decorations. Bubbling lights contain fluid that can be inhaled or ingested; snow sprays and flock can cause reactions when inhaled; styrofoam poses a choking hazard; and water in snow scenes may contain toxic organisms such as Salmonella.
• Keep pets away from gifts. Ingested string, plastic and even wrapping paper can lead to intestinal blockage and require surgical removal. And remember to put the scissors away, too!
• And finally, do not let your guest feed your pets human food. There are many holiday foods, including fatty meats, gravies, poultry skin, bones, chocolate and alcohol, that can cause major problems ranging from vomiting and diarrhea to highly serious pancreatitis and other toxic reactions. In addition, candy wrappers, aluminum foil pieces, and ribbons can easily choke pets.

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Fall and winter are seasons to educate yourself on when it comes to the health of your horses. The following article excerpt from EQUUS magazine deals with some issues which can arise after the first frost. AM

– Some deciduous leaves can be deadly in fall, particularly those of red maple and wild cherry trees. Identify all such seasonally toxic trees on your property, and keep horses from their fallen leaves for at least 30 days. Also, during this time of fall fix-ups, be alert for yard wastes that might be dumped within reach of your horses. Besides toxic leaves, they may include highly hazardous landscape trimmings, such as yew and oleander.

– Frosty nights make for dew-soaked morning pastures that can contribute to scratches on horses’ pasterns and “dew poisoning,” the painful puckering and cracking of the skin on the muzzle. Treat both conditions by gently but thoroughly cleaning the affected skin and, after drying, coating it with an anti-chapping agent, such as Desitin ointment.

– Many larger flies are killed off by the first frost, but smaller pests, such as gnats and horn flies, seem to go into a final frenzy of activity as cold approaches. Head shaking, eye and ear irritation, and crustiness along the belly midline are all signs of this last attack. Keep fly masks, ear covers and insectide protection going for a few more weeks.

– The return of cooler, wetter weather can produce a flush of lush pasture growth that could potentially trigger laminitiso via an equine digestive tract long accustomed to parched forage. Keep at-risk horses off of regreening pastures or supply free-choice hay so they can take in gut-stabilizing roughage along with the succulent growth.

Here at All Pet, we provide our customers with the best shopping experience possible. This holiday season, we’re here to fill your pets’ and pet lovers’ stockings with great gifts at great prices. We have a broad selection of toys and treats that are sure to satisfy even the pickiest of pets.

All of our stores stock a wide variety of dog toys and chews, which make great stocking-stuffer items to keep your pet busy on Christmas morning! We also carry boutique-style clothing for the trendy pet on your list, including sweaters, jackets, t-shirts, and more. For the pampered pet who loves the outdoors, we have dog strollers, available in either blue or pink, and a number of pet travel bags in the latest styles.

If you’re shopping for another pet owner, some great gifts you can find at All Pet stores include breed-specific tree ornaments, crossing signs, doormats, wind chimes, thermometers, salt and pepper shakers, and picture frames and holders. Plus, we carry hand-painted animal sculptures by Sandicast. And, of course, what would the holidays be if you didn’t dress your dog up in our holiday clothing, costumes, or bell collar and bootie sets?

Whatever your gift needs are this season, you’re sure to find something at All Pet. And if you have any questions about the gifts mentioned in this article, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly and knowledgable staff at your nearest All Pet store! JS