Christmas is a particularly busy time of year at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control
Center, and the five items below account for the majority of holiday calls.
1. CHOCOLATE, CHOCOLATE, CHOCOLATE
This tasty treat is hands-down the winner for most calls at Christmas
(Halloween and Valentine’s Day don’t even come close). Why?
Usually it’s because of wrapped chocolate gifts left under the
tree. And often a pet has shredded wrapping paper to get to
the treat, thus destroying the chance to learn exactly what ingredients
have been ingested. Also, with the growing popularity
of higher cocoa content, it takes even less candy to get our
four-legged friends into a world of trouble. To test your treatment
strategy, check out this chocolate ingestion case study.
2. TREE PRESERVATIVES
What is generally seen is mild gastrointestinal upset. However, if there is bacterial
contamination, the potential for gastrointestinal upset can be more significant.
Treatment plan? Dilute, monitor at home and move on. Read about some
more holiday ingestion worries.
Poinsettias are primarily mucous-membrane irritants – and
despite the worry they cause pet owners, the plants aren’t
usually too dangerous if treated properly. Check out our
poinsettia ingestion treatment article.
Guests. Winter colds. Kids home from school. This trifecta of
medication dangers calls for caution. Add the fact that worried pet owners generally
can’t remember how much medicine was actually in that little baggie that
the pup ate, and you can just feel a headache coming on. Any and all medications
need to be stored up high or in a locked cabinet. Check out our five tips to
avoid improper pet medication exposures.
Yes, some days we feel like going home and having a stiff drink
after dealing with all those chocolate cases. However, right now
we are talking about the little Chihuahua who likes to scale the
couch and help herself to the owner’s eggnog. The good news:
Pets usually vomit alcohol after ingestion. The bad news: Alcohol
is absorbed quickly
Meet Magnolia and the Magnificent Nine!
Sweet Magnolia had nine puppies this September. Boone and Drayton, Lily, Violet, Pansy, Camelia,
Tansy, Aster and Willow will be ready for adoption SOON!
Visit HallieHill.com/Adoptions/Dogs to view all of of our adoptable animals.
Treat your pup to something sweet this October! Try this recipe for Pumpkin Sweet Potato Bites:
1½ Cups Brown Rice Flour
– ½ Teaspoon Cinnamon
– 1 Cup Mashed Sweet Potato
– ½ Cup 100% Pure Pumpkin Purée
– ½ Cup Water
– 1 Egg
– 1 Teaspoon Organic Maple Syrup
1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together brown rice flour and cinnamon.
4. In a separate bowl, mash sweet potato.
5. Add pumpkin, water, egg, and maple syrup to sweet potato and mix until thoroughly combined.
6. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix together with a spoon until you’re left with a thick
7. With your fingers, pinch off a small amount of the mixture (approx. 3/4 teaspoon) and roll into
little balls. Place the balls on the baking sheet, spacing them about an inch apart.
8. After treats are placed on the baking sheet, take a fork and flatten the little balls to around a ¼”
9. Bake at 350ºF for 20 minutes.
10. Flip them over and continue baking another 10 minutes.
11. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Store in refrigerator for up to a week in an airtight container and in freezer for up to a month.
Happy Halloween from Hallie Hill!
Did you know October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month? Check out a few of our Adorable Adoptables below and Adopt, Don’t Shop this month!
View all of our adoptable dogs at https://halliehill.com/adoptions/dogs/.
Mouse is a beautiful terrier mix and is just two years old! She is very loving and playful! She is good on a leash and is happily learning to ride in the car! Mouse loves attention, is loyal, and despite her name, would make a very good guard dog!
Dolly is a graceful, 3 year old terrier mix. A bit underweight, she is learning to love her food! Dolly loves to play with both her canine and human friends, and would love you as a playmate, too! Come and play, and take her home today!
Dusty is a 2-year old Catahoula Mix that loves going on hikes and swimming. He is overly friendly to people and gets along great with other dogs!