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Easter Dangers For Pets

Easter is coming up quick! While Floridians don’t really need to celebrate the end of another long, cold winter the way people up north do, this is a great time to gather with friends and family. Just be sure to keep your pet’s health and safety in mind: this can be a dangerous time for pets. Here, a Valrico, FL vet lists some seasonal dangers for pet owners to be aware of.


Flowers are a big part of many spring decorations. If you set out a bouquet, place it in a spot your furry friend can’t reach. Many Easter bouquets contain lilies, which are highly toxic to cats. Tulips, gladiolas, and several other popular flowers are also unsafe. If you aren’t certain whether something is dangerous for your pet or not, check the ASPCA website here.


Chocolate bunnies and eggs make a great treat to put in a candy dish, but keep them away from pets. Chocolate is toxic to dogs and cats. Plus, many chocolate products contain xylitol and/or nuts, which are also unsafe. Hard candies and candy wrappers are also unsafe, as they can choke pets, and can cause serious internal injuries if swallowed.


Summer is technically a few months off, but Florida can still be sweltering hot at this time of year. Make sure your furry companion always has fresh water and shade. If you have a dog, limit Fido’s outdoor time on hot days. Your canine buddy will be much more comfortable in cool, climate-controlled rooms! As for Fluffy, she’s always safer indoors, where she’s protected from traffic, weather, gators, and other dangers.


If you’re hosting Easter dinner, be careful not to let your pet have any unsafe foods. Some things on the no-no list include garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; pitted fruits, especially avocados; grapes, currants, and raisins; meat on the bone; and raw dough, meat, or yeast. Ask your vet for more information.


Easter baskets often contain plastic grass, which is a choking hazard for playful pets. Keep decorations out of paws’ reach!


Are you hosting an Easter egg hunt? If so, make sure no eggs are missed. They will quickly go bad. Unfortunately this won’t necessarily stop pets—especially dogs—from eating them.

Please contact us, your local Valrico, FL pet clinic, if we can ever be of assistance. We’re here to help!

Thanksgiving Care Tips for Dogs

Thanksgiving is coming up fast! It’s always nice to slow down and relax with our loved ones over a delicious meal. Fido is an important part of the family, and will be right there by your side—or perhaps under your feet—over the autumn holiday. Here, a Brandon, FL vet discusses spending Thanksgiving with Fido.


If you are hosting this year’s dinner, make sure your canine buddy puts his best paw forward. Give Fido a good brushing, or take him to the groomer’s before the big day. That way, your visitors will be greeted by a soft, clean pooch!


Fido will definitely be paying attention when those savory dishes come out of the oven. You can share some of that mouth-watering turkey with your pet. Just be sure to give him only plain, cooked meat, without the skin, bones, or fat. Hold the gravy, though: it may contain things like garlic or onions, which aren’t safe for dogs. Sweet potatoes, pumpkins, and cooked peas, spinach, and carrots are also fine. Ask your vet for more information on safe and unsafe foods.


Before your guests arrive, tire your pup out with a long walk and then a vigorous play session. Dogs are usually much calmer when they’re tired. It isn’t a bad thing if Fido is more interested in napping than in making mischief!

Fur Busting

Dogs are wonderful friends and companions, but they can be sloppy roommates. Before the big day, vacuum and dust thoroughly, and change your air filters. Use a squeegee or a rubber dish glove to remove pet fur from your sofa and chairs.


Man’s Best Friend has had a very long time to perfect the sad-puppy-dog stare that is so effective at getting us to share our food. However, begging is bad petiquette, and can make guests uneasy. You also don’t want to take a chance on someone giving your pooch something that isn’t safe for him. Consider putting Fido in a quiet back room with food, toys, treats, and bedding while you’re eating. If your dog tends to greet people by jumping on them, you may also want to keep him in a separate area as people are coming and going. You don’t want him knocking that bean casserole out of your grandma’s hands!

Happy Thanksgiving! Please contact us, your Brandon, FL vet clinic, anytime.