Tuesday, 11 Apr, 2017
Easter Holiday Hours & Safety Tips for Pets

Happy Easter Everyone! Mountain View will be closed Good Friday (Apr. 14) and we'll be open for our regular hours on Saturday and Easter Monday.  Easter is a wonderful time to get together & celebrate with those you love. Here are a few tips from the team at Mountain View to help make your festivities fun & safe.

Chocolate - Chocolate contains a substance, theobromine, which can be toxic to pets.  Baking chocolate has the highest amount of theobromine, followed by semi-sweet, dark, milk and chocolate-flavored treats. Chocolate toxicity in pets lead to vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, increased heart rates with abnormal rhythms and can lead to death. If your pet eats chocolate please call your veterinarian and they can help you decide if the amount consumed is a concern.  

Raisins (Baked goods such as Hot Cross Buns) - Researchers don’t yet understand why grapes and raisins are toxic to pets.  We do know that not all dogs and cats who eat raisins and grapes develop life-threatening kidney failure, however it isn’t worth the risk. A very little amount of grapes or raisins can lead to kidney failure and possible death.

Lilies - Lillies are beautiful and are a great sign of Spring, but if you have cats, don't have lilies. Even a few bites on their leaves or a small amount of pollen from a lily can be potentially fatal to cats. Be careful with Daffodils too, because they can cause tummy upset in dogs and cats.

Table Scraps and Bones - Ham or poultry bones can cause intestinal blockages, high-fat foods like gravy can cause pancreatitis, stuffing can have seasonings (e.g. sage, garlic, onion powder) which are toxic, bread dough can rise in their stomachs and cause life-threatening problems, and onions can destroy red blood cells potentially causing anemia. Want to offer them a treat? Your veterinarian will have a wide assortment of healthy and tasty treats.

Decorations - Both dogs and cats love the plastic grass used as bedding in Easter baskets and ribbons which they can bat-around and carry in their mouths. But if swallowed, they can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery. Recovering from abdominal surgery is no way for your pet to spend Easter!

Quiet Time - A large gathering of family and friends can be overwhelming to your pet (especially cats!), make sure that they have a quiet retreat should the noise and celebration be too much for them.

On behalf of the team at Mountain View, have a wonderful - and safe - holiday!