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Mind Your Pet This Holiday Season

Christmas trees, poinsettias and tinsel. All three are signs that the holiday season is here and while they provide stunning visuals, they could pose harm to your furry little friends, says one Mineola veterinarian.

 

Pet safety during the holidays is crucial, according to Dr. Aaron Vine of Central Vets of Mineola. For Vine, the leading cause of increased trips to the vet after the holidays is chocolate and tinsel. He has worked for Central Vets since 2003.

 

“Eating off the floor is a big one,” says Vine. “We see tons of chocolate ingestions during this time of the year. Tinsel is big with cats. There’s a lot of times when tinsel, while it can cause a tummy ache, can get stuck in the intestinal tract. If that happens, it can be very life threatening.”

 

Vine suggests that Christmas trees pose significant issues to pets, most notably the real ones. The water in the tree stand can sicken animals because of certain fertilizers, or bacteria found in the water. Vine recommends to not put aspirin in the water (some people place aspirin in the tree water to make it stronger).

 

“The [aspirin] can very bad sickness,” says Vine.

 

New toys from Santa Claus need care as well. While pets do chew up toys, Vine said he’s seen more cases of eaten ribbon or string show up in animal stomachs after Christmas. Small plastic pieces and rubber balls can causes blockages if ingested, which would need to be surgically removed.

 

“We’ve removed that from pets in the past,” he said. “Toys too. Maybe not the whole toy, but pieces of it, especially if you’re traveling with toys in the car and they happen to get in the bag.”

 

Holiday travel, according to Vine, centers on familiarity and comfort for pets. He suggests pet sweaters or booties that can protect your pet from the harsh winter weather.

 

Booties prevent your dogs’ paws from frostbite. Most importantly, the rock salt should be cleaned off the booties; if ingested, it can result in vomiting. 

 

“In terms of colder weather, keep them inside,” Vine stated. “It can get really cold this time of year and it affects their sense of smell. Also bring stuff of theirs from home if they’re traveling far so they have some familiarity with them in a different place.”

 

While pet owners can attempt to prepare for every scenario, Vine feels common sense rules over all. “Just keep an eye on your pet. If you’re a pet owner, you know your pet better than anyone else.” 


News

Bank Robbery Suspects Arrested

Nassau County Robbery Squad detectives arrested two men in connection with a bank robbery that occurred on April 7 at 2:17 p.m. in Mineola.

Road improvement and storm preparation dominated the discussion of the Village of Mineola’s preliminary 2014-15 budget released last week. The proposed budget totals $19.33 million, a 1.38 percent increase from last year.

The tentative budget also represents a .34 percent tax increase from last year, when Mineola’s tax bump was .74 percent.

 

The village has budgeted almost $1 million for road and curb upgrades, Mayor Scott Strauss estimated. The road maintenance line in the budget received an $80,000 to increase to $580,000.


Sports

FC Mineola Wins Two

The BU10 FC Mineola opened league play with 3-0 win over the Hewlett Lawrence Blue Sonic on April 3. Mineola was led by Liam Going (two goals and an assist). The first goal came off a beautiful cross from Liam Russelman that Going sent to the back of the net.  Fifteen minutes later the Liam to Liam connection struck again when Russelman found Going open at the top of the box for another shot and score by the talented Mineola player.

 

Mineola’s final goal came midway through the second half as Gregory Kenney redirected a good cross past the Hewlett goalie. The back line of Peter Murphy, Luke Sommese and Brent Muessig controlled the defensive end of the field limiting the number of shots Hewlett took on goal and the few that made it through were gobbled up by keeper Andrew Pizzardi. Brian Heckelman, Phil Macchietto and James Teadore all contributed with stellar play at the midfield position.

Marissa Cotroneo

Senior Captain Marissa Cotroneo excelled at the Paul Limmer Invitation on Saturday, April 5, held at Mepham High School.  Cotroneo placed first overall in the 1500 meters in one of the most exciting, come from behind victories of the season.


Calendar

Village Meeting - April 16

Zoning Board Meeting - April 17

Egg Hunts and Fun Fairs - April 19


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com