Why Pets Do Not Make Great Holiday Gifts

It’s hard to resist those adorable furry faces! We totally get it. Giving the gift of unconditional love (a.k.a. a cuddly puppy or kitten) seems like a great idea, yes, but there are so many things to take into consideration before buying someone a pet. Whether it’s for your household or someone else’s home, take time to make sure this is exactly what he or she needs.

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CRITTER CHATTER: “Tis the Season to be Jolly and Joyous”

The Halloween costumes are put away along with all the candy (unfortunately), and I am already loosening my belt in anticipation of a Thanksgiving Day feast. So it seems only logical to begin to prepare for a safe and sane December holiday season with your pets.

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A Holiday Hello from Simon and Sparky

15418448_1024370201001085_2153359323049497800_oFrom Simon the Cat

We both feel terrible that our blogging community hasn’t heard much from us in the last few months.

For those of you that don’t know me, I’m Simon the cat. I hang out with the folks at 21st Century Animal HealthCare helping them with various social media projects and fun events here in Tempe, Arizona.

For the New Year, I plan (along with Sparky) to blog more and reach more pet lovers out there. If there is anything you’d like me to cover on the blog, please email us at welovepets@21stcenturyahc.com.

We wish you a very (Belated) Merry Christmas or Hanukkah and a Happy New Year.


From Sparky the dog

It’s been an exciting last few months here in Arizona. The weather is beautiful and the sun is still shining. You haven’t heard much from us, but they’ve been working me like a dog. We’ve been going to trade shows, learning all about 21st Century Pet products and more. It’s been a fun time!

I’d like to wish you Happy Holidays from all of us. We can’t wait to start doing more social media in 2017! We want every pet-lovin’ person to know all about us and how much 21st Century Animal HealthCare loves pets of all different shapes and sizes!

And don’t forget to check us out on our Facebook page.

See you in 2017!!!

Don’t Feed This to Your Pet! Holiday Food No-No’s

chihuahua-turkeyCan you believe it’s already November? It’s almost Thanksgiving! Where has the year gone? We can’t help you with that one, but we can offer you advice about what food you can and cannot give your pets this holiday season. We know…it’s sometimes tempting to share your table food with your loving, begging pet. It’s not always the best idea though – especially if you don’t know what ingredients were added to the dish.

Below is a list of the No-No’s to remember when you offer your food:

  • Does the food contain onions? Watch out! These delicious veggies can be harmful if ingested by your pet. If you think there’s onion in the food item, don’t give it to your pet! Onions, garlic and chives can possibly damage red blood cells causing anemia.
  • You know that chocolate is bad for Fluffy, yes, but does your niece know this? Be sure to remind holiday visitors about pet food hazards. A lot of people think that they are doing you or your pet a favor by offering something “tasty” to your pet. Remind them that it’s not a good idea to offer un-approved food items. Tell them to pet Fluffy lovingly instead!
  • Grapes and raisins are not to be offered to your pet! This is a big no-no. This rule is not to be taken lightly. If you are serving grapes or raisins this year, avoid any spills onto the floor. You never know what those sneaky pups will scoop up.uploads-20131128T1805Z_33894d2af8bc6fb8ae72a82717a5e5dd-1920x1440-cute-kittens-wallpaper
  • But dogs love bones, right? Well…they love them until the small slivers of bone remain in the stomach lining or throat and cause multiple problems. Fat trimmings and bones should not be given to the dog. Be sure and inform all of your holiday visitors. Giving bones to the dog has long been a favorite among many people, but over the years we’ve found it to be more trouble than it’s worth.
  • Do people really give their pets alcohol? The answer is yes. But our recommendation is no. Alcohol, ingested accidentally or intentionally, can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, coma and possible death for your beloved pet. Avoid alcohol consumption all together!

What can you give your pet? Turkey is okay for your pet as long as it doesn’t have onions, onion flakes, skin, fat or bone. You can also give your pet fruits like apples, carrots and blueberries. Remember that there are a lot of nutritious treats on the market that are perfectly fine to give your pet. Perhaps sticking with those treats designed for your pet is the best choice.

Have fun this holiday season! Be safe and remind others not to offer your pet table food. Stay tuned for our next post about Loving and Loyal Dachshunds!