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Content is not warranted or endorsed by The Bluebonnet Norfolk Terrier Club but is intended as a reference guide for living with Norfolks. next next previous previous From the ASPCA: NO DOGS & CATS UNDER THE MISTLETOE, PLEASE! While it may be nice to run into your sweetie under this traditional holiday decoration, mistletoe can be potentially toxic to our animal companions, say our experts at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. Depending on the amount consumed, the plant can potentially produce gastrointestinal irritation, excessive thirst and urination, seizures, coma and even death in pets. Mistletoe brings good cheer, good luck and kisses, but remember: mistletoe can be potentially toxic to pets. Danger: Bread Dough. From the ASPCA - Bread dough expands in a dog's stomach and can cause bloat, abdominal pain, vomiting, disorientation and depression. Severe Storms: Remember that severe storms impact your pet, and sometimes pets anticipate a damaging storm before people do. Signs of storm stress in a dog include shivering, hiding under furniture, panting, barking, and pacing. High winds, flood waters and lightning cause trauma, physical injuries, disease and a high number of deaths in pets. Protect your pet immediately before and during a severe storm by placing it in a carrier away from doors and windows, in a quiet place in your home. In the case of extreme fear of storm in your pet, consult your veterinarian for a remedy. Crating: It is important that your crate be sized properly. If the crate is too big, your pup may decide its okay to set a corner aside as a toilet area. If too small he will be uncomfortable. This doesn't mean that you need to purchase several sizes of crates if you have a large breed. You can buy one crate that will accommodate your dog when he is full grown. You may place a box inside it at the back, so as to make the inside smaller. Place smaller boxes inside as your puppy grows Separation Anxiety: Signs of Separation Anxiety can be demonstrated by lack of appetite, destructive behavior, clinging behavior and aggressive behavior. You can reassure your pet that you will return by first separating yourself from your dog for brief times, leaving it with a very special toy that it only gets when you leave. Only leave for a few minutes, leave calmly after giving your dog the special toy. When you return, make the occasion a celebration and after a few minutes remove the special toy. Gradually, extend the separation times and make the separation times varied. Depending upon the temperament and history behind your dog, Separation Anxiety can be improved within a week of behavioral modification training. If you see no improvement within a week of consistent training, seek the advice of a professional. From the ASPCA: ASPCA News Alert This Week's News Alert: Some fruits can harm your pet. Thunderstorms if you are caught out in a thunderstorm: Do not stand or allow your pet underneath a natural lightning rod, such as a tall, isolated tree in an open space. Keep yourself and your pet away from open water, such as a lake, pond or river. Get off and stay away from golf carts, scooters and bicycles. Get you and your pet away from wire fences, ex pens, metal pipes, rails, umbrellas and other metallic paths that may attract lightning from a distance away. Move yourself and your pet to a low area, ditch, ravine or valley, but remain alert for flash floods If you feel your hair stand on end (which indicates lightning is about to strike), drop to your knees and bend forward, placing your hands on your knees. Make yourself as small a footprint and low to the ground as possible. A person or pet shocked by lightning will receive a severe electrical shock and may be burned. The victim will carry no electrical charge and may be handled safely. Be aware that a pet struck by lightning may be frightened and try to bite. Give first aid and get medical assistance as soon as possible. If your pet is struck by lightning, look for burns around the buckle of any collar or harness they may be wearing. Common effects are sleep disorder, memory loss, and other symptoms of central and peripheral nervous system damage. Frostbite is your dog's winter hazard. To prevent frostbite on its ears, tail and feet, don't leave your dog outdoors for too long. Fire Safety: Be sure that your dog and other pets are part of your organized evacuation plan. Rehearse your plan repeatedly with your family, including your dog. From the ASPCA: PET POISON ALERT: BEWARE BATTERIES!  While we want you to enjoy all those electronic gizmos you got for the holidays, we also want to make pet owners aware of the risks that batteries can pose for their animal friends.
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