BRANTFORD, Ontario, Jan. 13, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Beattie Animal Hospital is reminding pet owners that the clinic provides emergency 24-hour vet care even during holidays. According to the hospital's veterinarians, Beattie Animal Hospital typically sees a spike in emergency care cases through the holiday season and the immediate weeks following. Leftover decorations like holiday lights, Christmas trees and even holiday food can pose a threat to a pet's safety. The animal hospital is reminding pet owners to be proactive with care and not to delay seeking emergency treatment.
Pets are at greater risk for health emergencies often after hours of regular office care, warns the veterinary team at Beattie Animal Hospital. The animal clinic provides 24-hour vet care including emergency and urgent care.
Everything from decorations to leftover foods can cause a health emergency, says the hospital's vet team. The Brantford veterinarians are reminding pet owners to be cautious and be aware of potential symptoms in pets that may indicate an emergency.
To a curious pet, tinsel, ornaments and other shiny decorations look like toys. However, these decorations can be deadly if ingested. Tinsel, for example, can block a cat's intestines, requiring an emergency operation. Some holiday plants are also poisonous. Mistletoe, poinsettia, and even the sticky sap on a tree's branches can be dangerous.
If a pet ingests a decoration or plant as you're putting away your holiday supplies, an immediate visit to the veterinarian is necessary, says the clinic. Prompt treatment is essential to preventing health complications. In addition to decorations, some types of food may also pose a threat to a pet's health. Lapping up high-fat treats can cause severe gastrointestinal upset. Onions can cause anemia for both dogs and cats.
Signs pet owners should watch for include if a pet has been vomiting or has diarrhea for more than 24-hours. At that time, bringing the pet in for an exam is recommended by the vet hospital. At the very least, the animal may be suffering from dehydration and need additional fluids to prevent health complications.
The veterinary hospital provides 24-hour vet care for pets in Hamilton, Ancaster and Cambridge. Thanks to the hospital's team-centered care approach, a Brantford veterinarian is always on-staff. Pet owners can visit the hospital's website or join the Facebook page for updated information.
Beattie Animal Hospital 888-667-5235