Chicago, IL (PRWEB) November 21, 2013
This year, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fall on the same day. Thanks to the Jewish calendar’s drift, (about four days' shift over a thousand years on the Western calendar), the last time this occurred was in 1888 and the next time this rare event will occur is 77,798 years from now. This year’s dual celebration is a once-in-a-lifetime event and a day of extra danger for pets, warn the doctors at Chicago Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center (http://www.ChicagoPetEmergency.com).
Family gatherings and big feasts can be hazardous to pets, sometimes leading to an emergency visit to a veterinary hospital. Pet owners should be aware of potential hazards associated with both holidays. Veterinarians at the Chicago Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center urge pet owners to be aware of the following hazards during Thanksgiving and Hanukkah celebrations:
Thanksgiving Pet Hazards
This Thanksgiving, be aware of:
Hanukkah Pet Hazards
In addition to the Thanksgiving dangers listed above, pet owners celebrating Hanukkah should also be aware of dangers such as:
Jerky Treat Hazard ... The FDA has announced that it is aware of “an increasing number of illnesses in pets associated with the consumption of jerky pet treats.” Out of an abundance of caution, the veterinarians at Chicago Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center recommend avoiding all jerky-style treats for pets until the situation is resolved. (http://www.fda.gov/animalveterinary/safetyhealth/productsafetyinformation/ucm295445.htm). A carrot, a couple of cooked green beans or a cooked asparagus stalk can be a healthy alternative. All treats should be given in moderation.
Who To Call
Pet owners whose pets get into any of the above items should immediately contact their veterinarian, a veterinary poison control center or Chicago Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center at 773-281-7110. Chicago Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center is open 24 hours, every day of the year.
About the Chicago Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center
Chicago’s oldest and largest pet emergency facility, the Chicago Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center provides advanced emergency, critical and specialty care for cats and dogs. Each year the center treats more than 11,000 cats and dogs in its emergency room and thousands more are cared for by veterinary specialists. Staffed by highly-trained specialists and equipped with the latest technology, Chicago Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center is always open – 24 hours, every day of the year.
In addition to emergency veterinarians and staff, Chicago Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center offers board-certified veterinarians who specialize in cardiology, dentistry, dermatology, diagnostic imaging, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology and surgery. This state-of-the art facility includes ultrasound and MRI equipment, specialized surgical suites, a blood bank, specialized oxygen cages, heart monitors and more. Chicago Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center has been providing emergency care for cats and dogs since 1978.
Media Availability: Chicago Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center will make every effort to provide credentialed members of the media access to a staff veterinarian for interviews and to our facility for filming video.
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