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GIVE YOUR PETS THE GIFT OF WINTER SAFETY

Winter brings lots of holiday fun, but it also comes with its share of potential dangers for our animal friends. With the help of Dr. Kandi Norrell, primary care veterinarian at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital, we've put together a "naughty vs. nice" list to help you keep your pets safe this winter.

NAUGHTY (Keep these out of your pet's reach):
Toxins: antifreeze, ice melt, rodent bait 
Foods:  Chocolate, Alcohol, Poultry bones, Yeast Dough (uncooked breads etc.), Grapes and Raisins, Garlic and onions, Artificial sweetener (Xylitol)
Plants: Christmas rose, Holly, Mistletoe, Poinsettia, Christmas greens, Lilies, Ivy
Decorations: Christmas Tree Preservative Solution, Breakable ornaments and hooks, Tinsel, Electric cords

NICE: Keep your pets inside as much as you can when the mercury drops.  If you absolutely must leave them outside for a significant length of time, make sure they have a warm, solid shelter against the wind, extra food (staying warm requires more calories), and a source of water that doesn’t freeze.  To protect their feet, keep nails trimmed, trim the fur between the toe pads and regularly check your dog's feet for sores from de-icing products

TELL FIDO TO PLAY NICE THIS HOLIDAY

Planning to bring your furry friend with you as you visit friends and family this holiday season? Beware that even in the season of peace, there may not always be good will among dogs. According to Dr. Mauria O'Brien, emergency and critical care specialist, "the biggest problem I see is bite wounds." To help avoid fights, Dr. O'Brien recommends slowly introducing dogs that do not normally hang out together. "Initially," she suggests, "keep all pets on a leash until you know they get along." Because the last thing you need over the holidays is to make a trip to the emergency room after a fight, keep animals separated if they can't mind their manners.

> Get more cold weather and holiday pet tips

PICTURE YOUR PET FOR THE HOLIDAYS

pug in snowCan't get your furry friend to don a pair of reindeer antlers for the family holiday card? We can help. Try our free "Picture Your Pet" web app. Just upload a photo of your pet(s), customize with your choice of holiday accessories, and you're ready to save, e-mail, or post to Facebook or Twitter.

This year's version features even more accessories for Illini fans and Illinois pet people. Now your favorite feline can showcase her love of learning with a Property of Pet U bowl, while your sports-loving pup can cheer Oskee Bow Wow with his very own Illini flag. And grateful animal companions of all species can honor their humans with a special I Heart My Good Human* message.

*This year, give your pets (and yourself) the gift of peace of mind. Join the 1,100+ members of our Good Human Emergency Pre-Registration Program in knowing you and your pet are prepared for any medical emergency

> Get started here. And don't forget to share your results on our Facebook page.

COME TO PET U AND DISCOVER THE SECRET YOUR CAT DOESN'T WANT YOU TO KNOW

You've probably heard the joke about how "dogs have owners," and "cats have staff."The notion that cats can't be trained is certainly widespread, but is it really true? Come to Pet U on January 9, and hear certified pet trainer Kristen Collins explain the science behind how cats learn--and--how you can humanely and effectively change their behaviors.

Register by December 28 and receive a $5 discount off the $13 dollar registration fee. Did you know that when you register for Pet U, you get a service credit at our hospital equal to the amount of your registration fee?
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Learn more or register now

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TWELVE MONTHS OF HOPE FOR $10

Give the gift of hope when you buy the 2012 Veterinary Cancer Care Clinic calendar. Each month tells a uniquely inspiring story about one of our cancer patients, as well as providing important information about veterinary cancer.

Get your copy at the teaching hospital small animal reception desk or by contacting Jenny Rose at jenrose@illinois.edu or 217/333-5287.

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ARE YOU WILD ABOUT ILLINOIS WILDLIFE?

owlHelp support today's wildlife and tomorrow's veterinarians. Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 3, 2012, when the 11th annual Doodle for Wildlife will be held at the I Hotel. Join us in honoring Dr. Leroy Nietzel, this year's recipient of the Wildlife for Life award. Consider donating an item for the silent or live auction. Help us spread the word. Stay tuned for more details.

 

WISHING YOU AND YOUR ANIMAL COMPANIONS HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND A HEALTHY NEW YEAR!

 

 

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