Tinsel Attack: A Guide to Holiday Pet Safety

Cat with holiday decorations.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that pet emergencies are placed on hold until the season is over. The fact is, pets get into some pretty serious predicaments around the holidays. Between changes in their routines, added foods to the table, and a departure from vigilant supervision, pet emergencies have a much higher likelihood to happen. With our guide to holiday pet safety, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy all the season has to offer with your best friend happily beside you.

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Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Pet Thanksgiving safety.

Thanksgiving is a holiday that many people enjoy with their families, including their furry family members. While it’s great to let your beloved pet in on the fun and festivities, it’s important to keep their safety in mind. There are many food hazards to be aware of when it comes to Thanksgiving holiday, and the team at MarketPlace Veterinary Hospital is here to help! Check out our Thanksgiving pet safety tips:

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When Good Organs Act Bad: Pancreatitis in Pets

Pancreatitis in pets.

The pancreas is a fairly small organ that resides in the upper abdomen. Most of the time, we forget it is there, but when it is unhappy, it can be quite hard to ignore. Pancreatitis in pets can be painful and make our furry friends pretty sick. At MarketPlace Veterinary Hospital, we think it’s important that pet owners know about pancreatitis in pets and how to prevent it. 

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The Best Toys for Your Pet

Pet toys.

One of the best parts of being a pet parent is seeing the joy your beloved pet experiences when they play with their favorite toys! Playing with toys can be a great form of exercise for your dog or cat, and can also be a useful tool to stimulate their minds. With more exercise and mental stimulation, your pet will live a longer and healthier life! 

If you’re a new pet parent, you might be wondering which toys are the best and safest for your dog or cat. Luckily, there are many amazing options to choose from. The team at MarketPlace Veterinary Hospital has put together this list of popular pet toys, as well as toys to avoid to keep your pets safe. 

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Pet Safety Tips for Halloween

Halloween pet safety.

The Halloween season is here—a time for trick or treating, decorating with pumpkins and mums, and sipping warm cider by a roaring fire. Keep in mind these Halloween pet safety tips from your friends at MarketPlace Veterinary Hospital, and your cats and dogs can have a safe, enjoyable Halloween too!

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Pot and Pets: Is Marijuana Safe for Muffin?

Pot and pets.

As a Californian, you are likely familiar with marijuana and its medical benefits. It has been legal for medical purposes since 1996 and for recreational use since 2018. With many residents using it, it is only natural for pet owners to wonder if it is safe for their animals. MarketPlace Veterinary Hospital has all the answering to your burning questions about pot and pets. 

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Pet Safety Spotlight: Xylitol and Your Dog

El Dorado dog eating peanut butter without Xylitol.

There are definitely things in your home from which you need to protect your pet. Chocolate, rat poison, and the like are well known for being toxic. Some pet poisons are a little less obvious, though. 

Xylitol is a lesser-known hazard that all pet parents should know about. Get ready to up your pet safety game with MarketPlace Veterinary Hospital

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How to Avoid (and Manage) Tick Bites in Pets

Ticks in pets.

There are few moments worse than finding a tick on your pet’s body. Who knows how long the tick has been feasting on their blood, and potentially spreading disease? 

The best defense against tick bites in pets is to maintain their year-round parasite prevention medication. Avoiding obvious tick habitats is key, too, although sometimes ticks end up in unlikely places. Inspecting your pet’s coat and skin every day is necessary, but do you know what to do if you ever find a tick feasting on them?

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Help! My Pet Has Fleas. Now What?

Pet has fleas.

It’s not unheard of for a pet to pick up a single flea while at the park, hunting mice, or when socializing with other pet friends. In fact, these tiny parasites are ubiquitous even without close proximity to nature. Once you spot a single flea, however, a full-on infestation may be just around the corner. Staying on top of your pet’s parasite preventative is essential, but this friendly reminder isn’t always helpful when a pet has fleas and is battling the associated symptoms.

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Pet Wellness Through the Lens of Prevention

Pet wellness.

It used to be that animals received veterinary care only when sick or injured. Perhaps unsurprisingly, pet mortality rates were much higher than they are today. Modern pet ownership hinges on staying in front of health problems related to age, breed, and lifestyle. Routine pet wellness exams coupled with preventive practices are extremely effective at keeping animals safe, healthy, and happy for many years. MarketPlace Veterinary Hospital wants to help build a strong foundation for your best friend so they can live with you for as long as possible.

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