We just wanted to remind everyone that Coastal will be closing early tomorrow (12/24) and will open back up at 8am on December 26th! In case of an emergency while we are closed, please call First Coast Vet Emergency: 853-6310.
Today is the last day of Coastal's Holiday Tips!
Remember to leave the leftovers for your guests! Fatty foods, like gravy, bacon, butter and meat scraps can cause your pet to have pancreatitis. Instead, give your pets food or treats made specifically for them to avoid this potentially-life threatening condition. Warning signs of pancreatitis are loss of appetite, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea.
Don’t leave candles burning or electrical wires in areas that your pet can reach. Put the candles on stable surfaces in designated holders so that your pet won’t burn themselves or potentially knock the menorah over and start a fire. If your furry friend bites into a wire, it could cause an electric shock that’s potentially lethal so be sure to keep them out of paws reach.
Tinsel-to-go! Our kitties love to get ahold of the sparkly decoration and play with it as a toy. Playing with it can turn into ingesting it, which would obstruct your pet’s digestive tract and could lead to dehydration, vomiting and possible surgery. Skip the tinsel altogether or hang it up in areas that are hard to reach, just to be on the safe side.
Be careful with the decorative plants- some flowers and festive plants can be toxic to dogs and cats. Mistletoe, hydrangeas and holly are just a few of the that pose risks. You can find a full list on the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) website.
Use shatter-proof ornaments to eliminate any hazards for your pet that might be hanging on the Christmas tree! Broken ornaments can cause injuries, and if ingested, they can cause your pet to have an obstructed intestinal tract. Put your more delicate, sentimental ornaments near the top of the tree & away from paws reach!
Stuff the stockings with safe toys! Coastal carries a wide-variety of Kong toys, which are basically indestructible. Instead of getting your kitty long ribbon/yarn, try a ball that would be too big for them to swallow. Come by and check out our Treasure Chest Gift Shop to find the perfect present for your pet!
Day 2 of Coastal's Holiday Tips!
Watch your kitchen counter while you’re baking those holiday goodies! Yeast dough can be potentially life threatening for animals. If ingested, your pet will start to have painful gas and extreme bloating. Call your veterinarian or visit an emergency veterinarian if you think your pet has eaten any. You can find a full list on the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) website of ingredients that are toxic to your