Monthly Archives: November 2016

Holiday Safety Tips

By Heather Zimmerman

The holidays are right around the corner. So, just remember, even though feeding your pets from the table may be tempting, any food your pets’ digestive system is not accustomed to could cause problems.  Our holiday safety tips are focused on letting your pet under the dinner table without getting to potentially dangerous food.

Vomiting, diarrhea, and upset stomach may be just a start. More serious diseases such as pancreatitis, organ disease, and other illnesses can result from letting them eat anything they can get. This may lead to hospitalization in the most extreme cases.

Holiday Safety TipsIf you choose to feed your pet from the table, these are the foods to completely avoid:

Chocolate: Most people are aware that chocolate is bad for pets, you may not know that the darker the chocolate the more dangerous it can be.  Chocolate can cause an upset stomach, tremors, seizures, and even death if enough is ingested.

Xylitol:  This is an artificial sweetener that is often used in types of candy. If this is ingested, it can cause low blood sugar, and possible liver failure.

Raisins/grapes: These can cause renal failure and the toxic dose differs for every individual. For some pets, even a couple could result in toxicities.

Macadamia nuts: Muscle weakness, tremors, and vomiting can occur with ingestion. Macadamia nuts first were found in Australia. They are currently grown in Hawaii, California, and Mexico. For a full history, you could read a history of Macadamia Nuts.

Onions and garlic: Eating these foods can lead to destruction of red blood cells and can cause anemia.

While all pets’ stomachs are different and some are more sensitive than others, some “ok” people food include:

        • Carrots

            • Small pieces of apple (NO seeds or core)

                • Green beans

                    • Lean meats (avoid ham since very high in salt)

                  If your pet is dedicated and tricky enough then they might have outsmarted our Holiday Safety Tips. You may believe that your pet may have ingested something toxic or unhealthy or if you are noticing any signs of digestive issues then you should contact us. Please call the Animal Hospital of Dauphin County at (717) 652-1270.

                  If possible, please provide the following information when calling so the veterinarian can better help your pet:

                    • Food ingested

                    • Quantity

                    • Pet’s approximate weight

                    • Time of ingestion

                    • Any signs of illness you are seeing.


                  Wishing you and your pets a very happy and healthy holiday season!!!

                  Adopt a Senior Pet Month

                  By Daenna, AHDC tech

                  Happy November!

                  November is one of my favorite months of the year. It’s a month full of falling leaves, crisp breezes, Thanksgiving dinners, frost is starting to show up in the mornings.  Everyone is starting to get into the holiday spirit!  One of the really awesome things about November that many people don’t know is that it’s Adopt a Senior Pet Month!

                  Adopt a Senior Pet MonthI don’t blame you for not knowing this, many people don’t.  However, I am here to tell you all about the benefits to having a senior pet and why you should consider adopting one if you are looking to add a new companion to your home.

                  A main benefit of adopting a senior versus a puppy/kitten is that you will know right away what their personality is like; you will see their full grown size so no need to upgrade crates, beds, and collars etc.., and their hairstyle is fully established so you will know what grooming needs they will have. These things all make it so easy to choose the perfect pet for your family, so no surprises in the future!

                  Another pretty awesome thing to consider is that their wild, crazy, jumping off the walls stage is over. This makes Adopt a Senior Pet Month important to give these old friend a much smoother ride. They will be much better with children and it’s easier to train them or teach them new tricks if needed as they are more focused on you and not everything around them. Personally I think everyone could use a little calm in their life and these guys are perfect for that!

                  A big thing many owners of puppies and kittens don’t realize is how time consuming they are. Puppies require weeks of house breaking where they need to be taken outside every few hours, they need to be trained to walk on a leash, crate trained, litter box trained, socializing,  I could go on and on! Guess what? Senior pets don’t need any of that time! They are ready to go, many of them have lived in homes before going to the shelter so all these things have been previously learned!  Every pet will need some time adjusting to a new environment but as long as you are patient and encouraging with them that should be over very quickly.

                  shutterstock_199677845Do I have you convinced to run to your nearest shelter and adopt one of these special seniors?  Well before I get too ahead of myself I do need to point out the other side of Adopt a Senior Pet Month to consider.  Some seniors have medical conditions that need daily medication, extra care, and more frequent vet visits. This should not deter you from adopting, just something to be sure to ask the shelter about just so you can by fully prepared for the care needed if there is a health condition.

                  If you are thinking of the hardship of getting attached to a friend that may not be around as long as a puppy or kitten would be, I choose to think of it in a different way.  These guys spend can spend double if not more time in shelters than younger animals, sadly with many of them being euthanized.  What greater gift could you give then to give a dog or cat well deserving of a good home an amazing last few years!  Senior pets are usually much more appreciative of the loving home that you have given them that some adopters don’t every go back to younger animals.  When I was volunteering at a shelter in Pittsburg, PA I heard of a couple who would come in every few months-years and adopt the oldest dogs/cats that were in the shelter.  I thought these people were amazing and what they were doing really was, but they swore to all the workers there that they were not giving the gift, they were receiving it. I didn’t need any more convincing than that.

                  Please remember to keep your heart and eyes open for the potential of adopting a senior pet next time you go to the shelter. You and your new pet will be glad you did!

                  7th Annual Pictures with Santa


                  Animal Hospital of Dauphin County would like to

                  invite you to our 7th annual Pictures with Santa!

                  Sunday, December 4th from 1pm-4pm

                  Your pet’s picture will be taken with Santa by local photographer and client of AHDC, Terry Rowe, and then mailed to your home at no cost!

                  Snacks and drinks will be provided and pets will receive a gift from Santa and his elves!

                  Donations will be accepted for Castaway Critters, a local pet rescue, to help support their efforts in caring for pets in need.