Welcome to the Animal Medical Hospital. We have been providing quality veterinary care at 204 East Tenth Street
since December 1, 1985. We
offer a variety of healthcare for your companion pets including Veterinary Wellness Care, Surgical Care, Radiology
and Laboratory Services, Grooming and Boarding.
Our Doctors are also available for after hour emergency care 24 hours. By calling the office number, information will be given for emergency service.
It's the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season is here again! Time to spend with family and friends, including our furry family and friends! Here are some holiday tips to make sure your pets enjoy the holidays too!
Many holiday plants can cause digestive issues for pets. Some plants cause vomiting and diarrhea, but others can cause organ failure. A good rule of thumb is to keep all holiday plants out of reach of your pets, or opt for artificial plants! Christmas trees are not poisonous, but it is important to keep your pet from chewing on the needles and bark as this can cause mouth and stomach irritation if chewed and/or swallowed. Make sure to keep the base of your tree covered to prevent your pets from drinking the tree water. The water can contain preservatives, chemicals, and fertilizers that can cause health issues for pets. Secure the tree to a wall to avoid curious pets tipping it over!
Do not decorate your tree with food! Popcorn strands, gingerbread, and candy canes can be tempting to pets, and cause danger if the tree should get pulled over trying to remove these goodies!
Be careful with holiday lights. Pets can chew the wires as well as burn noses touching hot bulbs. Keep candles and potpourri burners up high to avoid burns from curious pets. Keep in mind cats can climb, so avoid using candles around cats.
Many holiday foods can be dangerous for your pets. Avoid chocolate, especially dark or baking chocolate. Chocolate contains toxins which can couse problems ranging from mild stomach upset to seizures. Fruits and nuts like grapes, raisins and macadamia nuts can also cause stomach problems for pets. No table food for our pets during the holidays! The rich, fatty holiday foods can cause symptoms from mild stomach irritation to severe pancreatitis, which would require hospitalization and can be quite serious.
Finally, and possibly most importantly, avoid giving pets as holiday gifts. Although this seems like the perfect, festive gift, the holidays are not ideal for introducing a new pet into the family. New pets require extra attention and time to bond with their new families. The chaos and travel of the holidays don't allow for proper bonding time with a new pet. Consider as an alternative books on breeds and pet care, and make a family decision on a pet after the hustle of the holidays!
The holidays are both a wonderful and a stressful time. Make sure to spend quality time with your pet every day, and try to stay as close to your pet's schedule as possible. This will allow you to observe your pets for problems, as well as enjoy the peace and joy the holidays can bring!
Have a joyous holiday season from all of us at the Animal Medical Hospital!