Downloadable Infographic Offers Tips About Traditional Decorations, Plants, and Foods That Can Prove Harmful to Household Pets
As the holidays approach and pet owners everywhere start preparing their homes for the season, Henry Schein, Inc. is encouraging veterinarians to speak to their clients about potential safety risks that certain traditional decorations, plants, and treats can pose to household pets. To that end, Henry Schein Animal Health has made an infographic available for download that veterinary practices can post to their websites and share on social media and with their clients.
According to the infographic, which sources information from the American Veterinary Medical Association and The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, pet parents can provide a safe holiday environment for their animals by:
- Avoiding certain holiday decorations that can be harmful to pets if ingested, such as ribbons and tinsel, and candles, which can pose a risk of fire if knocked over.
- Keeping toxic foods like chocolate—which can be lethal to dogs—and macadamia nuts—which can cause seizures in animals—away from pets; and
- Being aware of the negative health impacts of traditional holiday plants, such as pine trees, poinsettias, and mistletoe. They can cause a range of issues when consumed by pets, including vomiting, diarrhea, pain, and in some cases, death.
“Every member of the family deserves to safely experience the joy and traditions of the holiday season, and that includes our pets,” said Fran Dirksmeier, President, Henry Schein Animal Health, North America. “Henry Schein is committed to enhancing veterinarians’ and pet parents’ awareness and knowledge of animal health issues, and we encourage them to share the information contained in this infographic so that every household pet enjoys the season safely.”
About Henry Schein, Inc.
Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) is the world’s largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners. The company also serves dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, and other alternate care sites. A Fortune 500® Company and a member of the S&P 500® and the Nasdaq 100® indexes, Henry Scheinemploys more than 19,000 Team Schein Members and serves more than one million customers.
The company offers a comprehensive selection of products and services, including value-added solutions for operating efficient practices and delivering high-quality care. Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 110,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 150,000 additional products available as special-order items. The company also offers its customers exclusive, innovative technology solutions, including practice management software and e-commerce solutions, as well as a broad range of financial services.
Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein has operations or affiliates in 33 countries. The company’s sales reached a record $10.6 billion in 2015, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 15 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995. For more information, visit Henry Schein at www.henryschein.com, Facebook.com/HenrySchein and @HenrySchein on Twitter.