December Newsletter 2006

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aking a pet to work is becoming a part of the American daily work experience.  In fact, it is currently estimated that nearly 20% of businesses allow companion animals to accompany their pet parents to work.

Results of a recent survey conducted by The American Pet Products Manufacturers Association indicated widespread beliefs among those surveyed.  The majority of respondents agreed that being able to bring their pets to work would result in:

  • An increased willingness to work longer

  • A decrease in absenteeism

  • Improved relationships with co-workers

  • An environment that fosters creativity

  • Higher productivity

It would appear that to cultivate a happier environment at work, business owners and managers should take a page out of their home life and welcome pets into the marketplace.

By following some simple tips, you can ensure a trouble-free holiday season for you and your pets.

• Some common holiday plants are toxic to cats and dogs. Don’t keep holly, poinsettias, lilies or mistletoe on or near the floor, where pets have easy access to them.

• If you have a live tree in your home, don’t let pine needles accumulate on the floor, as these needles can perforate the intestinal lining of dogs and cats. Additionally, trees should be tethered to a wall or the ceiling to prevent them from falling on pets.

• Don’t leave unfamiliar extension cords fully exposed, as these can resemble chew toys, which could result in serious injury to your dog. Hide the cords if possible. Don’t leave lights plugged in when you are not at home.

• Don’t let your companion animals have access to holiday tree water, as it quickly becomes stagnant and can contain harmful chemicals or bacteria.

• If you are decorating with tinsel, hang it out of reach of your pets, especially cats, as they are known to eat tinsel, which can result in intestinal distress.

• This is a good time of the year to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors. This helps to ensure the safety of the home and also avoids alarming your companion animals, as low batteries will often set off alerts that can scare your pets.

• Do your gift wrapping on an elevated surface, where your pets cannot access (and thereby ingest) string, paper and ribbons that can cause intestinal blockages.

• Encourage your holiday guests to refrain from feeding your companion animals human food, as this can result in diarrhea, vomiting and illness.

• During the stress of the holidays, companion animals may drink more water, so be extra alert to providing this basic necessity.

• Post your vet’s phone number in a prominent location, like your refrigerator. This provides easy access to necessary information for anyone visiting your home, should a problem arise.


is the season for eating sweets. And with more of Americans trying to be healthier and choosing sugar-free products that are sweetened with artificial sweeteners, there’s a product of which you, as a pet parent, need to be aware.

Reported in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, there is clinical evidence indicating that canine consumption of Xylitol can cause precipitous drops in low-blood sugar, bleeding disorders and severe liver damage, including liver failure. In the data collected, every dog that accidentally ingested Xylitol grew ill, and some had to be euthanized due to the severity of the damage.

Xylitol is a sweetener commonly found in sugar-free food products, like chewing gum, baked items and candies, as well as toothpastes. You will want to take particular care not to leave these products within the reach of your companion animals.

Authors of the report stressed that all members of families with dogs should be aware of the possible negative health consequences.  Consumers should be aware that any product claiming to be sugar-free may contain xylitol. The researchers also noted that there was no information available as yet to indicate the same kind of reaction in cats.


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ere are five helpful tips to make sure you are better prepared for caring for your companion animals during the winter months.

  • If your companion animal is older and arthritic, be sure not to leave her or him outside too long.  Dr. Jane suggests using a doggy coat, even if your dog is going out for a short time. Just as in humans, colder temperatures can make arthritic joints stiff and painful.

  • Dogs that tend to walk on sidewalks and streets should have their paws cleaned upon re-entering the home. Ice, rock salt and other chemicals can collect in their pads and cause irritation.

  • If you live in an area where snows are frequent or deep, clear a spot in your yard for your dog to eliminate wastes.

  • Check outside water bowls frequently during the day for signs of freezing. For a modest price, you can obtain a heated bowl to ensure that your pet will have access to water even when the temperature drops.

  • Nutrition – Companion animals burn more calories to stay warm during the cold months. Especially if your pet will be frequently outdoors, it is advisable to feed 10 – 20% more food daily.

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