How Safe is Your Pet this Season?

Holiday Pet Safety Tips in Colorado Springs, CO

The veterinary team at the Animal Hospital of Colorado Springs wants to ensure that your best friend is safe all season long. There are many new dangers that pets may encounter around the holidays. We’re always here to answer your questions about your pet’s needs.

Top 5 Most Common Holiday Dangers for Pets

These are some of the most common dangers that we often see during the holiday season:

  • Alcohol. While we can handle having a few drinks in celebration of the season, our pets cannot. It’s important to always keep alcoholic beverages out your of your pet’s reach to ensure that they’re safe from the danger of alcohol poisoning.
  • Christmas trees. It isn’t the holiday season without a festive tree! However, these lovely decorations can also cause a few hazards in the home. Christmas trees can be knocked over by overly adventurous and curious pets, causing damage to the home and injury to the animals!
  • Electrical cords. Does your best friend like to chew? The sight of all those new cords under the tree may be too appealing for your pet, so we recommend disguising and hiding electrical cords to prevent your pet’s curiosity. It’s also important that they never be left unattended around the decorations!
  • Holiday meals and sweets. You hear all year round that there are foods your pet should never consume, but during the holiday season we have so much more of those dangerous foods around the house! Traditional holiday meals contain so many of those dangers, like poultry bones, onions, garlic, grapes, and more. In addition, we often do a lot of baking during the holidays, introducing our pets to even more potential dangers with chocolate, sugar, macadamia nuts, raisins, and more. Keep those foods and treats out of your pet’s reach at all times!
  • Poinsettias and other holiday plants. For some odd reason, the most popular plants to bring inside the home at the holidays are toxic to your pet! Poinsettias, amaryllis, and lilies of all kinds are dangerous and we recommend keeping them out of your pet’s reach at all times so that your pet doesn’t have access to the leaves or berries that may fall off. You may also want to consider purchasing silk flowers for the look of the festive plant without the dangers.

If you have any questions about your pet’s safety and well-being this holiday season, the veterinary team at the Animal Hospital of Colorado Springs can help! Please contact us today to ask us all of your pet safety questions. That’s what we’re here for! Have a happy and safe holiday with your pet this year.

Why We’re the Best Vets for Your Pets

Veterinary Care at Its Finest

Your pets are part of your family, and you want to give them the best possible health care throughout their lives. As pet owners ourselves, we know how important this is for you, and we are committed to not just meeting your expectations. Our veterinary team wants to exceed them. Although there are dozens of veterinary practices in our area to choose from, but not all of them are created equal. Animal Hospital of Colorado Springs has taken some additional steps up the veterinary ladder to become an AAHA-accredited hospital and a Certified Cat Friendly Practice (CFP). We are also staffed with doctors who are certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP). These designations as a practice benefit not only your pets, but you as well.

 What Does It Mean to be AAHA-Accredited?

 AAHA stands for the American Animal Hospital Association, which is the non-profit organization dedicated to helping veterinarian professionals and practices become more effective and successful. The Association accomplishes this with a list of over 900 stringent standards, ranging from client records, facility cleanliness, technology, and techniques. Veterinary practices can choose to be evaluated on these standards every three years. If they meet them, they are awarded the honor of accreditation, which demonstrates the practice’s dedication to the highest standards in veterinary medicine and client services. Animal Hospital of Colorado Springs accepted the challenge, and we are proud to say that we have been designated as an AAHA-accredited practice since 2011.

 What Is a Cat Friendly Practice?

We said it before, and we’ll say it again. Not all veterinary practices are created equal. There are some practices with a significantly larger number of canine patients than feline, so their accommodations tend to be tailored to dogs than cats. But at our practice, we believe both canine AND feline patients should receive an equal level of species-specific care. That’s why we chose to become certified as a Cat Friendly Practice (CFP) by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).

Being a CFP means that our staff is specially trained to understand the unique needs of cats, including how to approach them with gentleness. It also means that our facility has equipment that is designed to investigate and treat feline diseases. If you’re a cat owner, you know about the issues that are common among felines. Fear of traveling or of the carrier, high susceptibility to stress, nervousness around other animals—the list goes on and on. The team at Animal Hospital of Colorado Springs addresses these issues with diligence and professionalism, making your feline friend’s visits to our hospital as comfortable and stress-free as possible.

About ABVP Specialists

Veterinarians who are certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) are specialists who completed additional studies in veterinary medicine and passed an exam recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The entire process usually takes at least three years to complete, which demonstrates an ABVP specialist’s dedication to providing the best possible pet care. In addition, by bringing your pets to one of our ABVP specialists, you can be confident that they are receiving care by extremely knowledgeable veterinary professional with of additional experience in the field.

When it comes to pet care, Animal Hospital of Colorado Spring goes above and beyond the call of duty. If you’d like to take advantage of the many benefits of an AAHA-accredited, CFP staffed with ABVP specialists, book an appointment today, and visit our website to learn about our services.