Happy Holidays!

Wishing all of our friends near and far a very happy and healthy holiday season!

 

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Holiday Pet Safety Tips from the AVMA

Are you keeping your pets safe this holiday season?  Lots of tempting food and decorations around the house could lead to an unexpected holiday visit to the vet!

Here are a few common-sense holiday pet safety tips from the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Certain people foods are toxic or unhealthy for our dogs and cats.  Make sure these popular holiday food items are out of reach:

  • Chocolate, sweets, and baked goods (the artificial sweetener xylitol is toxic to dogs)
  • Turkey skin and bones
  • Onions, raisins, nuts, and grapes
  • Alcohol
  • Raw yeast dough

Some holiday decorations can pose health hazards to pets, including:

  • Unsecured Christmas trees (and Christmas tree water that contains additives)
  • Tinsel, lights, and ornaments
  • Flowers and plants (including amaryllis, mistletoe, holly, and poinsettias)
  • Potpourri and lit candles

Here’s a cute infographic on holiday pet dangers from the AVMA that you can keep as a reminder!

 

 

USA Today Raises Awareness About Puppy Mills This Holiday Season

An impulse purchase of a puppy as a Christmas present helps keep puppy mills in business, warns a recent editorial in USA Today.

Buying a puppy from a brick and mortar pet store or via an online ad provides support for an industry that inhumanely breeds, transports, and sells thousands of puppies across the US.

The article notes that the parents of your cute new puppy may very well have spent their lives confined to a cage just six inches taller than the dog, with barely enough space to turn around in.

The Humane Society of the United States recently released a heartbreaking report called the “Horrible Hundred”—a list of the worst puppy mill breeders in the US.

USA Today goes on to report that recent legislative changes now block potential buyers from viewing a breeder’s inspection records on the US Department of Agriculture’s website.

If you are interested in getting a purebred puppy from a breeder, take your time and research reputable individual breeders in your geographic area.

Make an in-person visit to the breeder’s home, meet the puppy’s mother and littermates, and ask to see all health testing records.  Observe the overall condition of the place where your puppy lives.

And of course, rescuing a shelter animal is a great way to bring joy to everyone this holiday season!

 

Happy Holidays from FACE!

Lucky

Lucky

Warmest wishes for a Happy Holiday…

Venice

Venice

From our family to yours!

Collin and his Mom

Collin and his Mom

Here are a just few FACE Success Stories…beloved family pets we were able to help save, thanks to all of our generous supporters!

Otis

Otis

Juan Diego

Juan Diego

Mama

Mama

Pup from FACE outreach at Brother Benno's

Pup from FACE outreach at Brother Benno’s