Merry Christmas to All!

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Eddie and Cassidy wish everyone a Merry Christmas!

ARCC — Animal Rehab & Conditioning Center wants to wish Merry Christmas to everyone! This time of year gets so hectic — with family, gift giving, food and running around that we forget that it is a time for reflection. We get caught up in the flurry of activity and without meaning to we sometimes forget that our pets may not be as receptive to the holiday.

Our pets suddenly see a lot of hustle, bustle, family, food, and friends that they commonly don’t see during the year. Because of the stress of the holidays our pets may not get their meals at scheduled times, may get food they shouldn’t (who doesn’t want to give a small bite of that fabulous meal to them), access to strings, ribbons, lights, and just so many people.

One of my technician’s pets in Atlanta ate a string of Christmas lights one year — Chelsea’s teeth were gorgeous and white but the waiting for the glass bulbs to pass was excruciating. Pancreatitis and foreign bodies (especially ribbons in cats) tend to be high on the list for holiday hazards.

Poinsettias can be toxic to your pet and we always worry about the water under the tree having toxins in it. Icicles and ribbons make for bad foreign bodies. Sweets and chocolates can be toxic also so no treats for the pets would be best.

We don’t have to leave our pets out of the celebrations but be careful.

I will tell you a tradition at my household — I grew up in Alaska, just 12 miles from North Pole, Alaska. So every year on Christmas Eve, Santa would show up at our house on a snow mobile. We would talk to him and then we would go to the neighbor’s house for cookies and visiting. When we returned home, Santa would have already come and we opened all our presents on Christmas Eve. We would always get something in our stockings the next morning but we were always first on Santa’s trip. This tradition continues even to this day — so in all holiday tradition I have to go now — my presents are waiting.

So from the Kennedy family and from ARCC — Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!



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