Festive & Furry: Making the Holidays Safe

cat in christmas tree.

While some pets prefer a quiet corner far from the lights, camera, and action of the holiday season, the ones we know and love simply can’t get enough of all the splendor. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll get into trouble between Thanksgiving and New Years. But the combination of their curiosity with the influx of dangerous items and events definitely ratchets up the risk. With our tips, your pet can get through the holidays with flying colors. 

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How to Make Your Own Pet First-Aid Kit

Dalmatian puppy with first aid kit.

Your pet is a member of your family. You love your pets, care for them, and want to keep them safe. But what happens if they get injured or sick? In some cases, you may not be able to get your dog or cat to the vet right away, so it’s essential to have a basic pet first-aid kit on hand.

For your pet’s safety in the event of an emergency, the American Red Cross recommends keeping a pet first-aid kit stocked and ready, but that doesn’t mean you need to buy one from an expensive store or specialist retailer. Here’s how you can make your own:

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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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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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Summer Pet Safety: Keeping Your Pets Cool in Summer Heat

El Dorado Hills pet summer safety.
dog on blue air mattress in water refreshing

With average temperatures ranging from the high 70s to the high 80s, many people might not realize that even a Northern California summer can quickly become too hot for an animal. It’s dry and dusty outside, which exacerbates the problem. Before you spend all your time outside with your furry friend, MarketPlace Veterinary Hospital wants you to consider these summer pet safety tips:

How Hot Is Too Hot for My Pet?

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Loud Noises? How to Calm Your Pet’s Anxiety

El Dorado Hills pet with anxiety

They try to hide in your shirt, and you don’t know why they’re so clingy. Wait for it: yep, here comes a thunderstorm.

Younger dogs are generally not affected by the sounds of a storm. As pets age, they may learn to expect scary loud cracks and rumbles from lightning strikes. When they hear thunder or see flashes of light from lightning or fireworks, the anticipation of what’s to come can set up an anxiety response.

You are the safety captain for animals in your house. They look to you when they’re scared. If you jump, they’ll jump. Sometimes you just can’t help but react to loud noises, and neither can they. Understand that the fear is real and learn how to help calm your pet’s anxiety.

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Pet Poison Prevention Month: Do You Know What Toxins Are In Your Home and Yard?

Orange tabby cat sniffing indoor plant.

This month we are raising awareness about pet poison prevention. This is a great opportunity to explore the poisons that are all too common around the house that can harm pets. These range from mild toxicity to fatal when ingested, which is why it is of the utmost of importance to know how to recognize them and the signs of pet toxicity. 

Your friends at MarketPlace Veterinary Hospital want to inform you about this topic, so you can keep your pet safe and sound. 

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‘Tis the Season for Holiday Pet Safety

Sacramento dog with safe treat

The holiday season has officially arrived, a fact that has most Americans busily shopping, prepping, and decking the halls. Regardless of how you’re choosing to celebrate the winter holidays this year, your pets are sure to be included in the seasonal fun. 

Keeping the season merry and bright for your furry friends means keeping an eye on holiday pet safety, and your friends at Marketplace Veterinary Hospital are here to help!

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