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Keeping Your Pets Safe this Halloween Season 

Halloween Pet Dangers

Keeping Your Pets Safe this Halloween Season

Halloween can be a wonderful holiday for children and adults alike.  Many people love to enjoy this festive season with the entire family, including their pets.

To make sure your pet stays safe and enjoys this holiday, we offer the following advice:

Keep Those Halloween Treats Far Out of Pets’ Reach:  Halloween candies are the source of several dangers to our animal family members.  Most owners are aware that chocolate is toxic to their pets.  Chocolate contains caffeine as well as a toxin called Theobromine that in high enough doses can be very toxic to our animal companions.  Toxicity is based on the amount of cocoa ingested (dark chocolate contains more) vs. the weight of the pet.

“Healthier” Halloween treats may contain an artificial sweetener called xylitol which is extremely toxic to dogs.  Ingestion is a veterinary emergency and can even be fatal to our canine friends.

Overindulgence in candy (or other holiday treats), even those that don’t contain chocolate or xylitol can cause gastric upset or even a dangerous condition called pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas).  These can be serious enough to warrant a trip to the veterinary clinic or even a hospital stay!

Finally, candy wrappers also pose a risk to indulgent pets.  Most pets don’t bother to unwrap the candy that they sneak off with.  Ingested wrappers can be very irritating to the intestinal tract and in some cases could even result in an intestinal blockage.  Note that even empty candy wrappers are attractive to our pets as they still smell like the treats they once contained.

Beware of Raisins and Grapes: While raisins make for a sweet, healthy alternative to Halloween candies, they can be very dangerous to our pets.  Grapes and raisins are poisonous to many dogs (and potentially cats).  Toxicity can be severe enough to cause kidney damage or even death in some cases.  Experts are still not sure how much grape material is required for toxicity or why some pets react more profoundly than others, so all grape/raisin ingestion is considered a veterinary emergency.

Watch Out for Halloween PlantsPumpkins, gourds, and corn are traditional Halloween foods and decorations.  While eating properly prepared pumpkins, squash and corn is relatively harmless for our pets, in some situations they can be dangerous.  Corn cobs are very attractive to dogs.  If ingested, cobs very may get stuck in the pet’s intestinal tract and require surgery to remove.  Similarly, decorative gourds/squash can be chewed up in large chunks that can get bound up in the intestines.  Finally, festive carved Jack o’ Lanterns often start to mold before they are thrown out.  If ingested these molds can make our pets ill.  Some molds called mycotoxins can even cause neurologic problems in dogs and cats.

Keep Glow Sticks Away from Pets: Glow sticks and glow jewelry are fun and can help keep us safe during Halloween activities.  While the glowing liquid inside is not toxic if chewed and ingested it can be very irritating to our pets’ mouths.  Ingestion can lead to oral irritation, drooling, pawing at the mouth, and even vomiting.  Additionally, ingested plastics can lead to gastric irritation or even intestinal blockage.

Be Careful with Halloween Decorations: Decorations are a traditional addition to Halloween festivities. They are fun for us but can be scary or even dangerous to our pets.  Pets can be intimidated by decorations, especially those with eyes, faces, or moving parts.  Be sure to introduce pets to decorations slowly using positive reinforcement. Many decorations also require electrical cords or batteries, both of which can be very dangerous if our pets chew on them!

Beware of Costumes:  As adorable as our pets are when dressed up, not all pets enjoy wearing costumes.  They can be irritating, scary, or even painful to our pets.  Some pets may panic when placed in a costume, which can lead to injury. Humans in costume can be very scary to our pets, too.  Make sure to introduce your pet slowly to costumed guests and read the pet’s body language.  Better yet, find a safe space for your pet to stay if people come over in costume.

Keep Candles Out of Pets’ Reach: Candles are common in Halloween decorations.  Remember that your pet does not recognize the danger that candles pose, and they may accidentally burn themselves or knock candles over.

Give Your Pet a Safe Space During Halloween Activities:  Trick or Treating and Halloween Parties are fun for us but can be very scary to our pets.  Make sure that your pets have safe space in the house away from trick or treaters at the front door, or party-goers in the house.  It is also advisable to keep your pets indoors during activities to prevent panicking pets from escaping from the yard.

Make Sure Your Pets Have ID Tags and Microchips:  Finally, make sure that your pet has an updated ID tag and (even better) a microchip with updated information.  In the event that your pet does escape during holiday festivities, this will make it easy for them to get back home if found.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact us!  We are happy to answer any questions you may have! 760-736-3636  or www.sanelijovet.com

Advanced Veterinary Care of San Elijo 

1691 Melrose Dr. Suite # 110
San Marcos, CA 92078
760-736-3636
www.sanelijovet.com

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Veterinary Workshop for High School Students!

Veterinary Workshop for High School Students!

We only have a few spots left! Register your student today!

Back by popular demand Advanced Veterinary Care of San Elijo is pleased to offer our next veterinary workshop on Wednesday, December 2nd! This class is open to High School students and will be held from 3:30 to 5:30. Students interested in a career in veterinary medicine are strongly encouraged to attend.

Veterinary Medicine 101

The Art of Physical Examination

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This course will cover:

  • How to perform a thorough physical examination on a dog
  • How to measure a dog’s vital signs

  • How to evaluate a dog’s body condition

  • How to use a stethoscope, otoscope and ophthalmoscope

Classes will be interactive lecture followed by a hands-on laboratory component. This class will be taught and directly supervised by a veterinarian. Gentle, friendly pets will be provided for students to learn physical examination skills. Enrollment is extremely limited and classes will be filled on a first come first served basis. Registration is 40.00 per student and is due in cash or check on the day of the workshop. Parents will be notified of your student’s registration status by e-mail. Refreshments will be provided.

Please visit our website at www.sanelijovet.com to fill out a registration form for your student. If you have questions or would like additional information please call our office at 760-736-3636.

Keep an eye out on our website for our information regarding our exciting upcoming “Exotics Encounter” workshop!

Advanced Veterinary Care of San Elijo Hills

Advanced Veterinary Care of San Elijo 

1691 Melrose Dr Suite # 110
San Marcos, CA 92078
760-736-3636
www.sanelijovet.com

Advanced Veterinary Care of San Elijo is launching our Pet Awareness Workshop Series for children!

Advanced Veterinary Care of San Elijo is launching our

Pet Awareness Workshop Series for children! 

We are very excited to host our first children’s veterinary workshop on Wednesday, June 10st!

The class is open to children in middle school and will be held from 2:45 to 4:30.

Veterinary Medicine 101

The Art of Physical Examination

Advanced Veterinary Care of San Elijo is launching our  Pet Awareness Workshop Series for children!  

This course will cover:

  • How to perform a thorough physical examination on a dog
  • How to measure your dog’s vital signs

  • How to evaluate your dog’s body condition

  • How to use a stethoscope, otoscope and ophthalmoscope

Classes will be interactive lecture followed by a hands-on laboratory component. This class will be taught and directly supervised by a veterinarian. Gentle, friendly pets will be provided for children to learn physical examination skills. Enrollment is extremely limited and classes will be filled on a first come first served basis. Registration is $40.00 per child and is due on the day of the workshop. Parents will be notified of your child’s registration status by e-mail. Refreshments will be provided.

Please visit our website at www.sanelijovet.com to fill out a registration form for your child. If you have questions or would like additional information please call our office at 760-736-3636.

Community-Oriented Veterinary Care is Coming to San Elijo!

Advanced Veterinary Care of San Elijo

Community-Oriented Veterinary Care is Coming to San Elijo!

Opening Thursday, March 12th 2015, Advanced Veterinary Care (AVC) of San Elijo will be operated by UC Davis graduates and experienced veterinarians, Dr. Sunshine Riehl and Dr. Paula Thomas, along with a seasoned professional support staff. The hospital will be equipped and staffed to provide comprehensive routine veterinary care and handle major emergencies including trauma, toxicities, and rattlesnake bites.

Advanced Veterinary Care will also host monthly children’s workshops to promote animal health, responsible pet ownership, and provide an opportunity for local youths to get a behind-the-scenes look at veterinary medicine. Classes incorporate a combined lecture/laboratory format and will be held for students in the 4th to 12th grades.

The hospital is located at 1691 Melrose Dr. Suite 110, in the Melrose Plaza shopping center, next to Mariah’s. Please visit our website at www.sanelijovet.com or call 760-736-3636 to schedule an appointment for your pet, join our client mailing list, or receive additional information regarding the AVC children’s workshops.

Families and their pets are encouraged to stop by and tour our facility, meet our doctors and staff, and pick up a treat for your family pet. We look forward to meeting you and serving the San Elijo community!

Announcements and upcoming events from The San Elijo Hills Association

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Following is a list of important announcements and upcoming events for The San Elijo Hills Association:

Pirate Party in the Park: Saturday, May 17th
Shiver me timbers and batten down the hatches! San Elijo Hills is excited to invite all our mateys to come celebrate spring with us pirate-style on Saturday, May 17th at Hilltop field of San Elijo Park from 2:00PM-5:00PM.
Activities include:
Pirate craft station
Lawn games
Treasure Hunt
Obstacle course and bounce house
Concessions including popcorn and cotton candy
And more fun surprises!

The kids are sure to have a great time at this event! Feel free to come decked out in your pirate garb! We hope to see you there! Please feel free to contact Christine Cruz at ccruz@waltersmanagement.com with any questions!

Curbing Your Pet
The HOA receives numerous complaints regarding residents failing to curb their dogs in the community. Please not that it is county ordinance that you must curb your pet.
It is a public offense for any person to allow a dog in his or her custody to defecate or to urinate on any property other than that of the owner or person having control of the dog. Persons having control of a dog are required to restrain or control the animal so that it urinates or defecates only in the street gutters, and to immediately remove any feces to a proper receptacle (SDCC Section 62.670). 

Town Center Damage
Unfortunately, the Town Center area has suffered damages as a result of some vandalism. The following damages have recently occurred:

-Benches have been broken.
-Fountain has been filled with soap which required a complete draining and cleaning service.
-Tree limbs have been snapped.

Please remind all members of your household to treat the Town Square with respect. The cost to make these repairs comes from your HOA dues so everyone is financially impacted.

Community Gardens
Spring has sprung here in San Elijo Hills! There are still a few spaces available in our community garden for rent! Participating in the garden is a great way to work on your green thumb and witness the fruits of your labor as your seedlings begin to sprout! If you are interested in reserving one of the planters, please contact Christine Cruz at ccruz@waltersamanegement.com. The yearly lease fee is $50.00 (plus a $25.00 refundable key deposit) and the planter is yours until March 31, 2015.

Open House Sign Policy
The San Elijo Hills Community Association has a very specific sign policy in place regarding Open House signs in the community implemented to keep our community beautiful! The San Elijo Hills Community Association’s governing documents prohibit the display of any non-Association signs in the Common Area.  The intent of the San Elijo Hills Open House Sign Policy is to (1) provide an acceptable means for homeowners to market homes for sale within the community; (2) reduce the number of open house signs used in the community; and (3) discourage the ‘alternative’ means of signage that have been used in the past (sign spinners, signs on cars, etc).

It is your responsibility as the homeowner to notify your agent of the policy prior to putting out their signage. If it does not follow the guidelines, it will be removed and disposed of. The Open House Policy can be found on our website www.sanelijohills.netfor your convenience. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.