Wet Nose News: December 2015

Holiday Pet Safety

While certainly one of the most fulfilling (and delicious) times of the year, the winter holidays create a number of hazards in the home. NW Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital is happy to share some useful tips to keep your pet safe this holiday season.
  1. Keep people food out of the reach of your pet and ask your guests to do the same.
  2. Make sure your pet doesn't have access to treats, especially those containingchocolatexylitolgrapes/raisins, garlic, onions, currants, uncooked bread, high fat food (butter/cream), or other toxic foods. Ingesting them can result in upset stomachs, heart arrhythmia, kidney failure and seizures.
  3. Don't leave your pet alone in the room with lit candles, possibly creating a fire hazard.
  4. Keep holiday plants (especially hollymistletoelilies and poinsettia) out of reach of pets, they are highly toxic.
  5. Consider leaving the tinsel off your tree if you have a cat, as it can lead to a potential intestinal obstruction if ingested.
  6. Secure your Christmas tree to keep it from falling over if your dog bumps it or your cat climbs it; hanging lemon-scented car air fresheners in the tree may deter your cat from climbing it.
  7. Certain holiday decorations can be dangerous. Lights, glass ornaments and snow globes may contain toxic chemicals, such as ethylene glycol, that cause internal irritation and bleeding. Owners should avoid placing decorations where their pet can chew on or eat them. 
  8. If your pet is excitable or scared when you have company, consider putting your pet in another room with toys, a comfortable bed, etc., or providing a safe place for your pet to escape the excitement, such as a kennel, crate, perching place, scratching post shelf or hiding place.
  9. Watch the alcoholic drinks, unattended drinks may result in a dangerously drunk pet! It doesn’t take much for small animals to get alcohol poisoning. 
We always hope to prevent our pets from ingesting or contacting a potential poison but if they do, it is important to know what is toxic and what isn't. If you are ever concerned, please call us at 503.427.9148 or contact the Pet Poison Help Line with questions.  

Friendly House Food Drive

We will be kicking off our annual food drive to support Friendly House by collecting human food, pet food and clothing items. 

The collected food items that are donated to Friendly House will go to help seniors living in our neighborhood that would otherwise not be able to keep their pets. The donated clothing items will be used to help homeless and underprivileged persons who are supported by Friendly House.

We will be collecting the following items in the drop bins in our lobby now throughJanuary 16:

  • Human food - Non-perishable
  • Pet food - Dry and canned cat and dog food
  • Blankets
  • Socks
  • Jackets
  • Cash - We will collect cash donations to purchase the above items to be donated

We will weigh all the donated items and Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital will match an equal weigh of the total collected items in pet food to Friendly House

Please help us support our neighbors this winter.


Recent Community Involvement

American Cancer Society's Bark For Life of Portland "Growl-O-Ween" (October 31st)

Children's Healing Art Project CHAPlandia (November 7th)

Ainsworth Holiday Home Tour Booklet

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