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How can we keep our pets safe during the holidays?
Posted By Editor On November 8, 2011 @ 11:12 am In Guest column | Comments Disabled
Veterinarian reveals hidden dangers to avoid to prevent potentially disastrous pet problems
As the pages of the calendar flip and we move closer to the holiday season, pet owners should be aware of common – but hidden – dangers to their pets as we transform our homes for the celebrations to come.
“The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy for our families, but in preparing for the season, many pet owners run the risk of exposing their pets to household dangers that could present potential life-threatening hazards to their pets,” said veterinarian Lori Pasternak, of Helping Hands Affordable Veterinary Surgery and Dental Care (www.helpinghandsvetva.com  ). “These latent hazards could derail a family’s holiday season if their pets become ill as a result of these hidden perils.”
Pasternak’s list of prospective risks include:
“The holidays should be a time for fun, not an unscheduled trip to the animal hospital,” Pasternak added. “If something does happen, don’t hesitate to take your pet to the nearest animal hospital, and know that if you come to ours, we work with our pet owners on affordable payment structures in emergency cases. But we’d rather not see you this season. The best holiday gift you could give your pet is a hazard-free household so they can enjoy the warmth and joy of your celebrations safely and soundly.”
About Lori Pasternak
Lori Pasternak, DVM, graduated from Virginia – Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. She worked in a full-service practice in Richmond, VA, for 13 years prior to opening Helping Hands Affordable Veterinary Surgery and Dental Care.
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