JOPLIN, MO.--- Around this time of year, many people are trying to make improvements in their lives, but don't forget to improve the lives of your pets.
"You cover all the bases, so hopefully you don't have to come see us here," said Dr. Jennifer Barber, Emergency Pet Center of the Four States.
Dr. Jennifer Barber with Emergency Pet Center of the Four States sees all kinds of cases around this time of year. She says it's frustrating because many of the emergency visits can be prevented.
"Around the holidays, chocolate toxicity would be way up there. Not only for Christmas, Valentine's Day is coming up and Waster. Dogs love candy," said Dr. Barber.
Doctor Barber also says a lot of new puppies, which may have been holiday gifts, end up very sick in the new year. That's because many new dog owners think their new pups are up to date on their shots, however, most dogs are not fully vaccinated until four or five months old.
"Don't fall into that stereotype because we start seeing a lot of dogs in here with parvo or distemper type signs come January or February because they thought they were vaccinated," said Dr. Barber.
She advises to always keep a close eye on your pet and right now is a good time to start.
"Follow up with your veterinary care at the beginning of the year," said Dr. Barber.
Leaving your pet's life in the hands of the professionals can help save their life.
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