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     Whether you’re decking the halls or going into hibernation mode, there are things you can do to protect your pet from holiday hazards.

     Make your home safe for live-in and visiting pets with these tips from Dr. Gail C. Golab.

Frostbite and snow-removal salt:

Snow and salt should be removed from your pet’s paws immediately. 

Frostbitten skin is red or gray and may slough (peel off.)

Apply warm, moist towels to thaw out frostbitten areas slowly until the skin appears flushed.

Contact your veterinarian as soon as possible for further care.

Snow removal products should be stored out of the reach of pets and small children, as the products’ toxicity varies considerably.


Toxic plants and holiday/winter products:

     Plants and other items associated with the winter and holiday season can be toxic to your pets.  What follows is a general guide.  Please consult your veterinarian, animal poison control, and the manufacturer for specifics.  Remember, the earlier you seek treatment, the better for your pet!


poinsettia leaves and stems





holly berries and leaves

mistletoe, especially berries



angel hair (spun glass)

Christmas tree preservatives

snow sprays, snow flock

tree ornaments

super glue




crayons, paints

fireplace colors/salts

plastic model cement

bubbling lights (contain methylene chloride)

snow scenes (may contain salmonella)

aftershave, perfume

alcoholic beverages


epoxy adhesives


     Some of the above items are notable not just for their toxicity, but also for the danger they pose of intestinal blockage or severe irritation to the skin and mucous membranes. 

Keep these numbers handy for emergencies –

Pet ICU in Virginia Beach 757-499-5463

Pet Poison Helpline  1-800-213-6680

ASPCA Animal Poison Control  1-888-426-4435


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     Yesterday, I posted about the changes at the Tidewater Veterinary Emergency & Referral Center (TAERC), including a new name (Pet ICU), logo, and a return to daylong service.

     However, I misunderstood the timeline; the emergency hospital has not yet begun 24-hour walk-in emergency care.  I apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

     I will update you when we receive confirmation of expanded service hours at Pet ICU.  The previous post has been edited to reflect the correct information.

     IMPORTANT:  Emergency veterinary care is available at Pet ICU on a walk-in basis after 4 PM weekdays and all weekend long.  Their phone number is 757-499-5463.  Pet ICU is located at 364 South Independence Blvd. in Virginia Beach.

     If you have any questions, please contact me directly via phone (583-2619) or e-mail (     ~~  Jen

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