Surface Creek Veterinary Center - December 2020


3 Tips for Pet-Proofing Your Home A ny pet owner can tell you that once the Christmas tree and holiday decorations go up, their home becomes a warzone between themselves and their pets. Pets just can’t seem to resist getting their paws, teeth, and claws into the ornaments, holiday plants, and lights. the base or use a gate to keep pets from getting too close. Additionally, put fragile ornaments up at the top of the tree to keep them out of reach. AVOID THESE DECORATIONS.

Before you start putting up the decorations, there are a few you should avoid, such as tinsel and edible ornaments. Tinsel is dangerous when ingested, as it can become tangled in vital organs, causing obstructions in the digestive tract, severe vomiting, and dehydration. Edible ornaments, such as holly berries or popcorn strings, can be dangerous for animals, too. They may cause a pet to become sick or choke. DON’T GET THESE PLANTS. Holiday plants are beautiful decorations, but some can be poisonous to pets. Avoid decorating with plants such as mistletoe, poinsettias, holly berries,

lilies, and pine tree needles. If you do have any of these, be sure to place them in a spot inaccessible to your pets or use fake ones instead. A fake poinsettia can give a room the aesthetic you’re after without the additional worry of your pets trying to get a closer look. By following these tips, the holidays will be fun and festive for the whole family, humans and pets included!

Clients Spreading the Word Thanks so much to these clients who referred new patients to us last month: That is why our team at Surface Creek recommends pet-proofing your home while getting into the spirit of the holiday season. Pet- proofing will help ensure your pets stay happy, healthy, and safe all through the holidays. START WITH THE TREE. Some pets can’t help climbing the Christmas tree or accidentally knocking it over. If you’re putting up a tree this year, make sure it is properly secured to keep it upright. Use extra weight at

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No holiday feast is complete without gravy to pour on just Holiday Pet Fo d Gravy

• Meyghan Hill • Jan Casserly • Lena Roeder

about everything — including your dog or cat’s food! Get your pets excited about their dry food by revamping it with this quick and easy holiday gravy recipe.


2 cups low-sodium or homemade chicken or turkey broth

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1 lb low-fat ground turkey

2 tbsp cornstarch or tapioca flour


1. In a medium saucepan, bring broth to a simmer. 2. In a skillet, brown ground turkey, breaking it up into small pieces. 3. When turkey is cooked thoroughly, strain off any remaining fat. 4. Sprinkle cornstarch or tapioca flour over meat and stir well to coat evenly. 5. Pour broth over meat mixture and bring it to a low boil until it thickens. 6. Let cool slightly but serve warm over your dog or cat’s favorite dry food. 7. Enjoy the holiday feasting together!

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