Amherst vet warns of holiday hazards

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A 5-1/2 week old kitten is cradled in the arms of registered veterinary technician Lindsay Wilson at the Amherst Veterinary Hospital, who says  “Kittens are adorable, but you should give careful consideration before making them a Christmas present."

AMHERST – The Christmas season is upon us, filled with joy and excitement. But for our furry loved-ones, the hustle and bustle’ can lead to a wonderful holiday or a holiday emergency. 

Dr. Tanya Sparling from the Amherst Veterinary Hospital says the Christmas season can be a busy time at the hospital, and sometimes the emergencies seen could have been avoided.

“Our goal at the Amherst Veterinary Hospital is health through prevention, whether it be life-saving vaccines or finding an alternative to tinsel on your Christmas tree,” said Dr. Sparling.

To promote prevention, the Amherst Veterinary Hospital will be offering a free seminar (number three in their ongoing community education series) on Wed, Dec. 12, from 6-7 p.m. The seminar will focus on “Holiday Hazards”.  Attendees are encouraged to call ahead to register.

The evening seminar will focus on many holiday hazards, including chocolate toxicity, decorating hazards and toxic plants.

All attendees will enjoy some light refreshments and there will be raffle prizes to be won. Dr. Sparling always welcomes suggestions from the public for seminar topics.

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