Blog December

 Tis the season to be jolly.....of goodwill to all men......silly season....whatever, it is nearly upon us, 1 week, 8 more sleeps until Christmas, where did that last year go???!!!!

This is how our beloved companions see it.....chocolate, toys, mince pie's, chocolate, climbing the christmas tree, cake, playing with christmas decorations, chocolate, brightly coloured plants, nuts, fruits, chocolate.....the list is endless and unfortunately unlike us, pretty much all of these things are toxic or dangerous to our animals.

I think you all pretty much know that chocolate is very toxic to dogs, in general the higher the cocoa content, the more toxic the chocolate. What a lot of people don't realise is that grapes, raisins and sultanas are all toxic to dogs, which means that christmas cake, puddings and mince pies are all a serious hazard. Peanuts and alcohol are also toxic, it's fair to say that it is probably best not to offer your pet any of these items and to watch that they do not have access to them either.

Ribbon and tinsel are very attractive to mischievous pets and, if swallowed, may lead to a serious intestinal blockage.

Some pets enjoy chewing house plants, again some are toxic to animals, lilies for example are a hazard to cats, with all parts of the plant being toxic Amaryllis bulbs, Cyclamen & Poinsettia are also a hazard, these are just a few that are popular at Christmas, there are many more, if you would like advice about any of the above, please don't hesitate to call one of our surgeries.

Although there are lots of things around at this time of year that are not good for dogs, Veerle our complementary medicine's vet can recommend some simple but lovely herbal tea's and kitchen spices that are great for your dog, her favourites are: Nettle tops can be stewed just like spinach and mixed in with their wet food, it is a natural diuretic and skin cleanser. Chamomile and peppermint teas are brilliant to settle an upset tummy (NOT for cats though), cinnamon, fennel or fenugreek can even be added to their food or mix some tea into your dogs water or wet food. Of course none of these replace a check up but why not add these herbs to your dogs christmas meal so that any indulgence does not cause a vet visit

Our Christmas photo competition, is going well, we would love to see more festive photos of your perfect pets, keep them coming and have yourself the chance to win a grand prize!!

We are also running a prize draw at our London Road branch, raffle tickets are on sale in aid of our favourite charity H.E.A.R.T, tickets are only one pound each, it's for a brilliant cause and are going quick, the prize is a stunning Christmas cake, made by one of our regular clients, picture's of the cake are on our facebook page.

We have a selection of christmas toys in stock, you just have to buy a pressie for your cat or dog to open on christmas day.... I don't like to dog open's his own present!!!

And don't forget the Pupcake Princess Dog Bakery Christmas biscuits, for sale on reception in both branches, wheat-free goodies, a healthy and nutritious alternative for your dog.

Latest, that we have a new vet starting in January, Sophie (yes another Sophie) has recently graduated and will be joining the Ashman Jones team.

Fireworks on New Year's Eve, if you have a petrified pet be sure to come and see us for advice/treatment.

Opening times over Christmas, London Road and Widcombe Branches will be open from 8.30am – 5.30pm on Christmas Eve, Closed on Christmas Day. London Road branch will be open Boxing Day from 11am – 1.00pm, Widcombe will closed from Boxing day through to 28th December, re-opening on Monday 29th December. London Road will be open as normal on 27th and 28th December. Both practices will be closed on New Year's Day and open again as normal on 2nd January.

And finally.......'Christmas is truly enhanced by the presence of a furry friend'.....Anon.

Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for the New Year from all of the team at Ashman Jones.