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10 Best and Worst Holiday Foods for Pets


With the holiday's right around the corner, there are several opportunities to indulge in family gatherings, parties and of course food, which also brings temptations to share your leftovers with your family pet. Even though pets really don't need human food, there are some humans foods that are safe to give them in moderation and some foods that you should never give your pet. As always, be sure to check with your veterinarian before introducing new food into your pet's diet.

Check out the following list for better food choices for your pet:

  • Turkey (You can give your pet a little bit of Turkey, without the skin and no bones, and avoid raw or undercooked meat.)
  • Mashed Potatoes (Mashed potatoes are okay as long it doesn't contain butter, garlic, cheese, sour cream, bacon drippings or other right toppings.)
  • Carrots (Cooked carrots without any added sugar or salt are safe to give your pets. Raw carrots are usually safe for dogs, but can be choking hazards for cats.)
  • Gravy (Most gravies are too rich for your pets; rather pour a broth over your pet's food.)
  • Green Beans (Cooked green beans are a safe treat for both cats and dogs. Raw green beans are safe for dogs, but can be choking hazards for cats.)
  • Chocolate (Chocolate should never be given to pets as this can be life threatening.)
  • Unbaked Bread Dough (This may seem safe, however, if ingested it can expand in your pet's stomach and cause several health problems.)
  • Alcohol (It is never a good idea to give your pet alcohol.)
  • Sugar-Free Candy and Baked Goods (Even though these may seem safe, sugar-free candy and baked goods should be kept away from pets. Xylitol is an artificial sweetener found in sugar-free gum, candy and mints. This causes a sudden release of insulin in a pet's body and can lead to several health problems.)
  • Macadamia Nuts (These nuts may seem like an innocent treat to give your pet, however, several health problems can arise from eating these.)

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Why Your Pets Seek You Out When Something's Wrong


We all know pets do not tell us when something is wrong with them. They do however come to us when they are in pain, we just don't realize it. Actions speak louder than words, and with pets, we have to understand that pets communicate with us in different ways. Looking past the obvious signs of pain and taking closer observations of your pet can help them or even save their lives in the long run.

Since pets do often come around when they are hurting and in pain and we don't realize it, we have to take a closer look at their behavior. Something as simple as your cat or dog rubbing or licking a specific area can tell you something is wrong. Narda Robinson, DVM from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine says "Just look for areas where the fur is roughed up from rubbing or licking. When you see the spots, feel them. You typically find that they are warmer from inflammation than surrounding tissues.” If you notice this with your pets, simply massage those spots with a gentle, steady touch.

Your pet is part of your family and you want to do everything to keep them safe and pain free. Our pets come to us when they are hurting or in pain because they trust us to help, even if they can't speak up to tell us what is wrong. Keep this in mind when you see your pet behaving differently or licking or rubbing certain areas because this could potentially save their life.

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Parvo (Parvovirus)

Parvovirus is a highly contagious and deadly viral disease that can become a life-threatening illness. The Parvovirus attacks rapidly dividing cells throughout the body and affects the intestinal tract. This virus also attacks the white blood cells and when animals are young, this can affect and damage the heart muscles and cause lifelong heart problems. The Parvovirus is most commonly spread through feces and can live in the environment for months or even over a year in the right conditions. This virus affects both young dogs and unvaccinated dogs, both of which are fatal and since Parvo is a viral disease, there is no cure. The most common symptoms of the Parvovirus may include vomiting, diarrhea (may be bloody), lethargy, pain, dehydration, sepsis and death.

Parvovirus is a preventable illness and all dog owners need to understand the fatality of this virus if their pet is not vaccinated. Vaccines are available at every vet clinic and the Parvo vaccine is part of routine vaccinations for all puppies and dogs.

When introducing a new puppy/dog to a new environment, precautions should be taken, whether the area has contained an infected dog or not. No environment is free from the Parvovirus unless it is regularly disinfected. There are ways to disinfect areas indoors and outdoors. There are great tips for disinfection located here:

As a pet owner, we all want our pets to be healthy and free of disease/viruses. Please keep your pets up to date on all vaccinations and make sure to make those yearly appointments. As we all know, pets can't talk to let us know if they don't feel good or if they are in pain. One trip to the vet clinic could save your pet.


  • Temperance

    My wife and I have been taking our dog to Countryside Vets for about three years now. We had an unfortunate encounter with our previous veterinarian but switching to Countryside Vets years ago has been the best decision! She has always been treated well at Countryside and Dr. Popp has always been more than friendly! Thank you!
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