886 S Pine St, PO Box 277

Grantsburg, WI 54840

Phone: (715) 463-2536

1(800) 924-0588

140 Evergreen Square SW

Pine City, MN 55063

Phone: (320) 629-7474

Help Your Curious Pet Have a Safe and Happy Holiday

Dogs and cats are already curious creatures, but when you throw in the sights and sounds of the winter holidays it's almost more than they can stand. However, that doesn't mean you have to forgo decorating your home or entertaining guests. It just takes some extra attention to detail to make sure that your pet doesn't become accidentally ill or injured this holiday season.

Pet-Safe Holiday Decorations
Although you can teach your pet not to bother most ornaments, some are just too risky to keep around him. These include snow globes, bubble lights, tinsel, and unattended lighted candles. The first two contain potentially hazardous chemicals that could make your pet very ill if ingested. Methylene chloride, the main chemical in these ornaments, can also cause eye irritation and a depressed mood. 

Tinsel is not poisonous, but it can get caught in an animal's digestive tract and cause the intestines to rupture. If you choose to light candles, be sure to supervise your pet around them at all times and extinguish them when done. Better yet, choose plug-in candles rather than ones you have to light yourself.

Holiday Foods and Spirits
People enjoy making their dog or cat happy and assume that sharing a few holiday treats won't hurt her. Unfortunately, even a small bite or lick of the wrong food could have serious consequences. It's best to continue feeding your pet her regular diet throughout the holidays and insist that others avoid sneaking her treats. Foods that can be especially harmful for pets include:

• Raisins
• Grapes
• Chocolate
• Fatty meat scraps
• Sugarless gum and candy
• Drinks containing alcohol

Ingesting one of these foods or drinks could cause vomiting, bloody diarrhea, liver or kidney failure, seizures, pancreatitis, and more. In addition to refusing to give your pet these foods, you need to be extra vigilant to ensure that she doesn't get into them on her own.

Holiday Plants and Potpourri
Decorative plants and pleasant-smelling potpourri can really put you in the holiday spirit, but you must supervise your pet closely around them or keep them out of his reach entirely. The most dangerous plants for pets to ingest include holly, mistletoe, and lilies. Swallowing even one leaf of these plants can cause sudden kidney failure in cats. Liquid potpourri is especially dangerous because animals can burn themselves and become seriously ill from ingesting it. We recommend removing it from the room anytime you are not there to supervise.

Keep Your Pet's Routine as Normal as Possible
Dogs and cats can pick up on their owner's stress and may start to exhibit problem behavior because of it. To avoid this, be sure to keep your pet's eating, socializing, and exercising routine as close to the  normal routine as you can this holiday season. If you're expecting company, create a safe place for your pet to retreat from all of the noise and commotion. Ask others to respect your pet's limits as well.

If you do experience an emergency with your pet over the winter holidays, please contact our nearest clinic during regular hours or 1-800-924-0588 after hours. You can also reach the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-855-764-7661.

Finding the Perfect Gift for the Special Pet in Your Life

Our pets give us loyalty, unconditional love, laughter, fun, snuggles, and so much more. For many pet owners, it's hard to put into words just how much they love their furry friend. Adding to the warm feelings is the fact that dogs, cats, and other house pets ask for very little in return. At this time of year, it's only natural that you want to give a gift to someone who brings you so much happiness. However, it can be hard coming up with the perfect gift when the recipient can't give you any input.

Give Your Pet the Gift of Time
If dogs and cats could speak, they would probably tell you that all they really want is your time and attention. Although it can be challenging after a long day at work, try to come home with an enthusiastic greeting for your pet. Your dog will love you even more than he already does when you take just 10 minutes before supper to toss a ball around with him. Although he will try to play cool, your cat will also appreciate some extra petting and the chance to bat some string around with you.

With routines being out of the ordinary this time of year, it's especially important to carve out some quality time for your pet. Try to be understanding when your pet shows curiosity about the decorations and festivities, but don't let her get away with bad behavior either. Your dog or cat can sense your stress and may try extra hard to get your attention. Keeping routines as normal as possible will go a long way towards keeping your bond intact when things get hectic.

Shop Our Online Store
With December being Safe Pet Toys Month, Grantsburg Animal Hospital is pleased to offer pet toys that are both safe and fun. We know you're busy and have made it as easy as possible to get something special for your pet. Simply navigate to the gift section of our online store to start your quest for a toy or other fun item your pet would appreciate. We offer pet gifts in the following categories:

• Cats
• Foodies
• Outdoor Enthusiasts
• Chewers
• Little Critters
• Pampered Pets
• Crafters
• Nervous Pets
• Puzzle Solvers

If it's your first time shopping with us, you will need to create an account before placing an order. This requires only basic information such as your shipping address, email address, telephone number, and the names and species of your pets. After you complete your order, we'll get right to work fulfilling it and sending it your way. It makes for easy shopping when your gift items are delivered directly to your door. You can also use our online store to order medications and other supplies throughout the year. No matter what you buy your pet, he will love it because it came from you.