The Difference Between Fun and Fear? Holiday Pet Safety Tips You Can Count On

The holidays are about many wonderful things but pet safety is always at the top of our list when this time of year rolls around again. While family, love, togetherness, gratitude, and community are collectively celebrated, holiday parties and gift-giving exchanges can reach epic proportions. Between the indulgent offerings table-side and the dazzling decorations, pets can be headed for a world of hurt. Keep your pet free from danger (and out of the ER) with our holiday pet safety tips.

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Calmly approaching the weeks between Halloween and New Year’s is an effort of pure will. The long lines at every store, increased traffic, and freezing cold weather are all part of a recipe for utter frustration and fatigue. And you’re not alone.

Pets pick up on our heightened levels of stress, fear, and anxiety and often react in kind. Watch your pet’s behavior closely. Even if it’s not overly obvious, they could probably use a movie marathon cuddled next to their favorite person (that’s you), a nice long walk in nature, or extra playtime. If you notice that your pet seems restless or anxious and think they could benefit from less activities or fewer crowds, please bring them home and stick to their regular routine as much as possible.


Toxic Food for Pets

toxic foodAs the first leaves fall from the trees and autumn officially arrives, it’s easy to forget that fun and festive seasonal foods could be dangerous to your pet. In between planning Halloween parties and filling your home with the aromas of fall, be sure to steer clear of any of these toxic foods for pets.

Chocolate is a Toxic Food for Pets

Chocolate is one of the main stars of the Halloween treat lineup, but it’s an incredibly toxic food for pets. Your favorite chocolate bar contains theobromine and methylxanthines, both of which are dangerous to cats, dogs and exotic animals.


Better Living Through Laparoscopic Pet Surgeries

laparoscopic surgery Those of you who know us at Wellesley-Natick Veterinary Hospital know that we have your pet’s best interest at heart. We are always searching for ways to bring the best medicine and the best care to your precious cargo. Laparoscopic pet surgeries allow us to provide the best in surgical care and optimal outcomes for our patients.

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Laparoscopic procedures have been utilized in human medicine for several decades now and are the standard of care for many surgeries. This technique has (somewhat) recently crossed over into veterinary medicine, and we think it’s an amazing option for many types of procedures.

During a laparoscopic surgery, a small incision is made into the body, allowing us to insert a small camera (laparoscope) into the abdominal cavity. The abdomen is then filled with air to allow better visualization. One or two additional small (about 1 cm) incisions are also made to introduce surgical instruments. The surgeon can then view everything on a monitor and complete a wide variety of procedures without any additional trauma.