National Tabby Cat Day

April 30th, 2020

Today is the day we celebrate the “Tabby” cat. This beloved pet is seen in homes and byways all across the United States. Much loved by their owners, they were given April 30th as their official day.

Has Your Home Received A New House Guest?

Guinea Pig on a yellow and purple sponge

The holidays often bring new friends with us into the new year. For a Guinea Pig there are some things to keep in mind:

Their habitat is one of their most vital needs. Buy as good of one as you can afford. You will need to establish a play area. Socializing with their owners is an important part of their day, so make time to play. Establish with your vet as soon as possible. We’d love to meet them. Make sure to pet proof your home, this includes interactions with other pets. Lastly,  Establish routines. Your new friend is a creature of habit, make sure to establish routines that are compatible with your lifestyle and their needs.

SUPPLY LIST:    

  • High Quality Food with Vitamin C
  • Bedding (change often)
  • Hay, they require a lot of hay.
  • Water Bottle
  • Dark / Quiet space
  • Clippers for nails
  • Chews

Happy Holidays! The Season Is Full Of Pet Pitfalls

Merry Christmas - Closed Monday
  • No Chocolate. Dogs can be made extremely ill by chocolate. Signs may include hyperactivity and vomiting.

  • Watch Out for Tinsel and String Both Cats and dogs get into wrappings and trimmings for the tree. Do your best to keep these out of animal’s reach.

  • Holiday Plants can be toxic to pets


Christmas Tree

Don't let your kitten get into the Christmas TreeThe Christmas tree is  usually the center piece of most of our homes during the holidays. But, we shouldn’t let their beauty cover up the fact that they are still mildly toxic to our animals. With the many species of trees that we bring into our homes, fir tree oil can irritate our pets mouths and stomachs. Symptoms of consumption include excessive drooling or vomiting. Make sure to also clean up tree needles since they’re not the easiest to digest for anyone. 

Woman with her dog at Christmas

Too many needles can cause GI irritation, vomiting, gastrointestinal obstruction or punctures. Be aware your animal won’t be drastically affected if they eat a few fallen pieces from the tree but make sure it’s not a regular snack that may eventually cause serious consequences.

Lilies and Daffodils

Aside from the holiday treats and  baked goods that you’ll be gifted, be aware that any bouquets or plant kits thatinclude lilies and daffodils are very harmful to cats and dogs. Plants that are in the lily, Narcissus, and daffodil families are very toxic to our pets. Symptoms include gastrointestinal signs, cardiac arrhythmia, kidney failure, convulsions and even death.

Poinsettia Plant

There have been talks that these red beauties are extremely toxic, however this assumption has been dubbed an urban legend dating back to 1919. The sap of Poinsettias are known to be mildly toxic and irritating, causing nausea or vomiting when consumed but it does not cause death.  So it would still be a good idea to keep your curious four-legged friends away from these holiday bloomers to save them from getting a belly ache.

Mistletoe and Holly

Hanging the mistletoe and holly in your doorway and hard to reach places may not be a bad idea. Even though we adorn both of these holiday trimmings in any spot we need more holiday cheer, both are very toxic for our pets. If you find your fuzzy fellow making these a mid-day snack call your vet or poison control as soon as possible for advice.

Old dog merry Christmas

Tricks Not Treats – Halloween No, Nos

  • No Chocolate. Dogs can be made extremely ill by chocolate. Signs may include hyperactivity and vomiting.
  • Pit bull Awareness Day October 26th, 2016.
  • National Cat Day October 29th, 2016.

Welcome to TLC Pet Hospital. Keep your pets safe this Halloween. Keep them away from candy and wrappers. Make sure you have a doggie treat just for them.

KEEP THE TREATS AWAY FROM DOGGIES

Smiling black halloween cat in purple witch hat.

Treats, Wrappers and Especially CHOCOLATE need to stay out of dog’s reach to help avoid tummy trouble or an emergency visit to the Vet!

A Quiet Place

If your dog gets anxious around a lot of activity, find a safe quiet place for your pet to be. Soft music and low light can help calm your pet. Make sure they have their toys and blanket.

A Safe Distance

To keep dogs and cats out of trouble, keep them away from the front door either by getting them out of the way or even using a baby/doggie gate to keep them away from trick or treaters. It’s also a good idea to keep cats inside during Halloween, lest they be caught up in mischief.

Keep the Treats Away From Doggies

Halloween candy tips for dogs

Treats, Wrappers and Especially CHOCOLATE need to stay out of dog’s reach to help avoid tummy trouble or an emergency visit to the Vet!

A Quiet Place

If your dog gets anxious around a lot of activity, find a safe quiet place for your pet to be. Soft music and low light can help calm your pet. Make sure they have their toys and blanket.

A Safe Distance

To keep dogs and cats out of trouble, keep them away from the front door either by getting them out of the way or even using a baby/doggie gate to keep them away from trick or treaters. It’s also a good idea to keep cats inside during Halloween, lest they be caught up in mischief.

Fear Free New Year

New Years Activity tips for dogs for a Fear Free celebration

Tackling Canine and Feline Frets and Fears During New Year’s Festivities

New Years Activity tips for dogsNew Years festivities can be a time of stress for many dogs and cats. From a pet’s perspective, loud, unpredictable noises and celebratory fireworks explosions are threatening and an understandable cause for alarm. Some animals react as if their very lives hang in the balance. For pets whose people are hosting a party, the presence of strangers and the change in environment — decorations, scented candles or potpourri, furniture moved around — can also be distressing. Thankfully it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are some tips to help your dog or cat keep calm and carry on as they join you in welcoming in the New Year.Continue reading

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas puppies

We hope you and your pets have a wonderful and relaxing holiday. 

WE WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY AND TUESDAY DECEMBER 24th – 25th

Autumn Pet Alert – Fall Foods and Treats – Pet Allergies

Food allergies - pet allergies - dog food allergies

Welcome to TLC Pet Hospital. Keep your pets safe this Halloween. Keep them away from candy and wrappers. Make sure you have a doggie treat just for them.

  • Pet Allergies to food include onions, avocados, grapes and raisins.
  • No Chocolate. Dogs can be made extremely ill by chocolate. Signs may include hyperactivity and vomiting.
  • Pit bull Awareness Day October 28th, 2017.
  • National Cat Day October 29th, 2017.

KEEP THE TREATS AWAY FROM DOGGIES

Pet Allergies - Bad kitty feeds onions and chocolates bad for dogs
Bad Kitty – No Chocolate for the Doggies

Treats, Wrappers and Especially CHOCOLATE need to stay out of dog’s reach to help avoid tummy trouble or an emergency visit to the Vet!

A Quiet Place

If your dog gets anxious around a lot of activity, find a safe quiet place for your pet to be. Soft music and low light can help calm your pet. Make sure they have their toys and blanket.

A Safe Distance

To keep dogs and cats out of trouble, keep them away from the front door either by getting them out of the way or even using a baby/doggie gate to keep them away from trick or treaters. It’s also a good idea to keep cats inside during Halloween, lest they be caught up in mischief.

Pet Allergies

Just Like Vampires Garlic is not good for dogs. Remember anything with chocolate is a no no for dogs. This includes chocolate chip cookies and ice cream. Raisins and Grapes. Avocados are all no, not. Onions, garlic, chives. Different dogs react differently to meats as well. Beef and chicken can often be offenders.

Also onions and garlic are in a lot of dishes, make sure you are not feeding them to your pets.