Buffalo Companion Animal Clinic

1214 Hwy 25 N

Buffalo, MN 55313

Phone: (763) 682-2181

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Mon, Tues, Thurs: 7 am - 8 pm

Wed & Friday: 7 am - 6 pm

Saturday: 8 am - 12 pm

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Carlos’ Corner

Reconsider Giving Someone a Pet for a Holiday Gift

 

Puppies and kittens are adorable! I know, I was once one myself and only got more good-looking as I got older. They just don't stay that way for long and quickly grow into adult pets who need daily care for many years. Please think about this before you give a puppy or kitten to someone you love as a holiday gift. I thank you on behalf of pets everywhere who just want a fur-ever home.

Season's greetings!

Carlos

 

It's December, which means the chances are good that you have already watched a few holiday movies that end with one of the leading characters receiving an adorable puppy or kitten as a gift. He or she squeals with delight and the family adjusts immediately to having a new pet. Unfortunately, this is more the exception than the rule in real life. It’s just that you don’t see characters in a movie surrendering a pet once they realize the responsibility involved in caring for him for the remainder of his life.

Children and older people living alone tend to be the biggest recipients of pets as Christmas or Hanukkah gifts. You could really be inviting trouble if you give a pet to a child who isn’t yours without checking with his or her parents first. You might want to be the cool aunt, uncle, or grandparent when giving such a gift. However, the parents are likely to feel resentful at the responsibility that they will likely take on because their child isn’t ready for a pet. Older people may not have the budget for veterinary expenses or ability to keep up with an energetic animal. 

You Can Still Give Someone a Pet without the Surprise
Some people on your gift list may be ready for the responsibility of a new dog or cat and would feel touched that you thought to get one for them. However, you should allow the gift recipient to pick his or her own new pet and you can pay the adoption fee or offer to cover the first check-up at Buffalo Companion Animal Hospital. Before you even broach this subject with the person who would take in the new pet, consider these questions:
  • Does anyone in the home have pet allergies?
  • If the person lives in rental housing, does his or her lease allow for pets?
  • How much do you know about this person’s lifestyle? For example, does he or she travel often or work long hours? Is there already a pet in the home? The answers to these types of questions determines how much time and energy the person will have to devote to a new pet. 
If you have offered to pay the adoption fee, consider bringing your friend or family member to an animal shelter to choose a new pet. The animals living there have been neutered or spayed, are up-to-date on vaccinations, and have undergone a recent veterinary check-up. Best of all, both of you would be giving a deserving pet a second chance at finding a forever family.

We wish you a happy holiday season!

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How to Make Sure Your Pet Has a Happy Thanksgiving

 

It's that time of year again. The incredible aroma of turkey, pie, and other Thanksgiving goodies is in the air and your cat or dog goes crazy with anticipation. It might seem cruel not to let us share in the bounty, but deep down we know it's for our own good. People food isn't meant for pets and vice versa. Here are some other tips for everyone to have safe and happy Thanksgiving.

In gratitude, 

Carlos

 

Nothing can ruin a holiday celebration faster than a pet who suddenly becomes sick or suffers an injury. That’s probably not what you had in mind when you planned your Thanksgiving get-together this year. However, the excitement of different people in the house and the smells of forbidden food can make even the most well-behaved dog or cat act differently than you would expect. This includes getting into things that could harm him. The good news is that you can take several steps to keep your pet safe and stay out of the animal version of the emergency room this Thanksgiving.

If you’re hosting the holiday meal, keep in mind that some people may have animal allergies. In this case, it’s best to keep your dog or cat comfortable in a room as far away from the kitchen as possible. We also recommend keeping your pet elsewhere if you’re afraid she will become over-excited to the point of stealing someone’s food or accidentally knocking someone over. If your pet does remain out with the company, make sure that someone keeps an eye on the front door. It only takes a minute for her to dash outside and away from what she perceives as a stressful situation.

Re-Consider Sharing Part of Your Thanksgiving Meal with Your Pet
Like many pet owners, you might enjoy sharing a morsel of people food with your pet to make him happy. While a small piece of unseasoned turkey shouldn’t cause any harm, we urge you to exercise caution with other common staples of the Thanksgiving meal. Many of them are toxic for dogs and cats, including the following:
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Cake batter and bread dough
  • Sage and other common seasonings
  • Avocados
  • Chocolate
Depending on what your pet consumes, she could experience immediate symptoms such as abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. Other foods are more of a choking hazard than a gastrointestinal one, such as grapes and raisins. Your dog or cat could also try to knock over the garbage can to get a treat or even ingest dropped food wrappers. Be sure your garbage can is in a locked cabinet and that you pick up anything that you or your guests drop right away.

What to Do in an Emergency
Buffalo Companion Animal Hospital will be closed on Thanksgiving. If you experience an emergency, contact the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-855-764-7661. You can also contact us for a list of 24-hour emergency clinics before Thanksgiving.

We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and hope that your pet stays safe!

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