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Welcome to Countryside Animal Hospital
Your Veterinarian in St. Cloud, FL
Call us at 407-891-2287
Halloween Pet Safety Tips
Courtesy of the ASPCA
1. No tricks, no treats: That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems. If you do suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
2. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, but they can produce stomach upset in pets who nibble on them.
3. Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.
4. A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.
5. Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets. Please don't put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (yup, a few pets are real hams!). For pets who prefer their “birthday suits,” however, wearing a costume may cause undue stress.
6. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn't annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal's movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also, be sure to try on costumes before the big night. If your pet seems distressed, allergic or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting him go au naturale or donning a festive bandana.
7. Take a closer look at your pet’s costume and make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he could choke on. Also, ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.
8. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.
9. When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your cat or dog doesn't dart outside.
10. IDs, please! Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver, increasing the chances that he or she will be returned to you.
Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips
During this happy time of family, food and giving, people tend to become overly generous with their pets. This means that dogs and cats will get a lot of table food scraps. Sometimes, however, too many treats and table food can lead to injury or illness for our pets.
1. Popular foods to avoid feeding to your pets: Turkey skin, drippings and bones, gravy, corn on the cob, onions, garlic, mushrooms, raisins, grapes, sage, fat trimmings or fatty foods, butter, nuts, nutmeg, bread dough, chocolate and alcohol.
2. Remind guests not to feed your pet table scraps
3. Ensure that your pets vaccines are up to date when considering the possibilities of boarding. It is wise to have this done a minimum of two weeks prior to scheduled boarding date.
4. Travel/boarding/unfamiliar company can be very stressful for pets. Discuss with your veterinarian the best ways to manage stress and anxiety.
5. Make sure your pet has a quiet retreat should the holiday festivities be too much for him. Watch his behavior to make sure he is not stressed.
for voting us "The Best Veterinary Clinic" in Osceola County for the past 2 years!!
We sincerely appreciate it and we truly enjoy being apart of this community.
Countryside Animal Hospital officially opened its doors on April 19, 2004. Dr. Amy Charlton had the vision to make Countryside a place where people felt comfortable, welcome and a part of the family. She never wanted a hospital that had a sterile and cold look or feeling. Countryside is proud to offer our clients not only conventional medicine, but alternative therapies as well. We offer herbal medicine, food therapy, acupuncture, and most recently, Tui Na (medical massage). Our trained technicians help teach our clients how to use medical massage to improve the comfort and treatment outcome of their pets at home. Our patients are not just a number to us, we take our time to get to know each and every patient and their parents on an individual basis. Taking the time to become familiar with the patients and their families allows us to build custom treatment plans and yearly exams, specific to their needs and lifestyle. No two pets are the same, they are unique individuals just as we are and we have a strong belief that they should be treated as the unique individuals they are.
Countryside Animal Hospital is a full service hospital offering general medicine, preventative medicine, wellness care, dentistry and surgery. We have access to board certified surgeons and we have all of our ultrasounds performed by a board certified internal medicine specialist in house.
We also act as one of the only wildlife drop off centers in Osceola County. We currently have a certified wildlife rehabilitator on staff. When we receive sick or injured wildlife they are quickly evaluated, treated for any medical emergencies, and then transferred to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Central Florida for full rehabilitation and re-release back into their natural habitat.
So on behalf of Dr. Amy, her staff and Meeshu, the house cat, we welcome you to Countryside Animal Hospital. We are glad to have you and your pets as a part of our family!
Dr. Amy Charlton
St. Cloud Veterinarian | Countryside Animal Hospital | 407-891-2287
3304 Canoe Creek Rd
St. Cloud, FL 34772
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