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Virginia Veterinary Medical Association Releases Podcast on Holiday Pet Risks

VVMA President-Elect Dr. Mark Finkler Explains Food, Decoration and Weather Risks for Pets During the Holiday Season

Richmond, VA, October 19, 2012 --( The Virginia Veterinary Medical Association ( (VVMA) has announced the release of a podcast discussing holiday risks for pets. Dr. Mark Finkler, DVM, owner of Roanoke Animal Hospital and president-elect of VVMA, provides advice for pet owners on ways to keep pets safe during the holiday season. In the podcast, Finkler notes that many holiday foods and candies, such as chocolates and artificial sweeteners, as well as decorations such as tinsel, can be hazardous to pets. In addition, he explains that increased household visitors and colder winter weather should be taken into consideration by pet owners during the holidays.

The podcast is available for download here,

“Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas can be an exciting time for families and pet owners, but many of our favorite foods and decorations can be hazardous to our furry companions,” said Dr. Finkler. “It is incredibly important during this time of year that pet owners be mindful of things around the house that could harm their pets, including chocolate, ribbons and wrappings, poinsettias, and tinsel, as well as considering the cold weather and increased foot traffic around the home. We should try to make the holidays a great time of year for families and pets alike.”

About The Virginia Veterinary Medical Association:
The Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA) is a professional organization of veterinarians dedicated to preserving and enhancing the quality of human and animal life through veterinary medicine. The organization aims to establish and enhance open communication between members of the association and industry representatives. The VVMA provides continuing education programs and conferences, supports its members through mentoring programs, lobbies on behalf of the interests in the field of veterinary medicine and serves as an advocate and voice for the Virginia veterinary medicine community. For more information, visit, or call (800) 937-8862 or (804) 346-2611.

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