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It’s finally November, which means the start of cooler weather, longer nights, and the holiday season! Thanksgiving and Christmas are times for family gatherings, and your pets should definitely be included! However, we have to remember to keep them safe while doing so.
While Fido may be looking at those cookies or fried turkey with longing in his eyes, try to resist giving him a taste. Chocolate is toxic to dogs, so keep it far away from your pets. Fatty foods, such as turkey and chicken, are very hard for dogs and cats to digest. If pets eat even a small amount, they can get pancreatitis, which can require hospitalization and can be deadly. Cooked bones, especially those from chicken and turkey, can splinter easily when chewed and can get stuck or even perforate the intestines. Make sure to dispose of all human food and food wrappings (chocolate, meat, bones, etc) appropriately: tie up in bags and place in a closed container away from the pets.
With holidays come parties, and with parties come people. Make sure your pet enjoys being around other people. If they do not, let them get away from all the action and rest in a room by themselves. Give them some treats and a toy to keep them busy and calm. If they stay outside, make sure it’s not too hot or cold while they’re outside, and make sure they cannot get loose. If your pets are comfortable around guests and want to be a part of the party, make sure they stay safe. Watch them closely, especially when people are entering and leaving your home. Keep their collars with their name tags on it at all times in case they get loose while people are coming or leaving. If they don’t have a collar, or are prone to getting out of their collars (like cats), consider getting them microchipped.
Perhaps one of the best things about holidays are the decorations! However, some of these can be dangerous for your dog or cat if not secured properly. Cats love to chase small things and strings (like tinsel and ornaments), and if eaten, can cause obstructions. The same goes for Fido! Those turkeys and Santa hats can look like a tasty treat for your pooch. Make sure all decorations are secured or where your cat or dog can’t get to them. Also, while Christmas trees are a staple for Christmas, make sure your cats can’t climb them! They can get seriously injured if they get stuck in the lights or if the tree falls.
We love the holidays just as much as you do, and are dedicated to keeping your pets safe!
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Crossroads Animal Hospital is a full-service, community based animal hospital. We have been serving our community of pets since 2003 and are well equipped with the newest technology. Dr. LoBue has over 35 years of experience in veterinary medicine and Dr. Chaumont is a recent graduate who has all the newest knowledge. Be assured that your four-legged best friend will receive the most comprehensive medical care available here at Crossroads Animal Hospital.
Our mission is to provide the highest quality Veterinary services for our patients, and the most caring and considerate treatment for their owners. The sole reason for our existence is to serve the needs of our clients and to help them maintain healthy pets. Every member of our staff is committed to provide the very finest professional, personable, courteous, and caring service in every way possible for your family pet.
If you live in the City of Central or East Baton Rouge Parish, then you have picked the perfect site to find a veterinarian. Drs. Tony LoBue and Aimee Chaumont are Louisiana licensed veterinarians ready to treat all types of pets. Your pet's health and well being is very important to us and we will take every step to give your pet the best possible care.
Crossroads Animal Hospital is a full service animal hospital and will take both emergency cases as well as less urgent medical, surgical, and dental issues. Beyond first rate pet care, we make our clinic comfortable, kid-friendly, and offer a very calm, clean environment so your pet can relax in the waiting room.
We have a number of resources for you to learn about how to take better care of your furry friend. Browse around and look at our articles and pet videos. The best veterinary care for animals is giving them the best nutrition and preventing any problems that may arise with regular vet visits. If you want to ask questions call us at 225-261-6000 or come by. Crossroads Animal Hospital's office is very easy to get to, and you can find directions to 13933 Greenwell Springs Road on our Contact us page. In between your veterinary visits, your pet will benefit from you reading these free informative articles.
At Crossroads Animal Hospital, we treat your pet like a family member!
At this site, you will find information about our practice philosophy, our services, helpful forms to assist you and an extensive Pet Medical Library for you to search for additional information. We hope you will refer your family and friends to our practice.
Feel free to browse through our site. If you want more information about our practice, please call us at 225-261-6000.
Thanks for visiting and we look forward to serving you.
Dr. Tony LoBue and Dr. Aimee Chaumont
Crossroads Animal Hospital | (225) 261-6000
13933 Greenwell Springs Rd
City of Central, LA 70739
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