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   Four Paws Animal Clinic

521A Searls Ave., Nevada City, CA 95959


Dr. Susan Murphy

Happy Holidays!

Some Holiday tips to keep your pets safe!

The holiday season is upon us again! Among all the decorating, gift purchasing, and food preparation, remember to keep in mind your pet’s safety. As festive and fun as some of them may be, a lot of holiday decorations can pose a danger to your pets. Follow the tips below to ensure your home is pet-proofed this season.

1. O Christmas tree!

Try to keep the lower branches bare, and avoid breakable ornaments, to prevent grabbing, pulling, and broken glass.

2. This water tastes like pine!

For those with real trees, avoid the use of preservatives to keep the water pure for the thirsty, curious pets that may try and drink it.

3. When the weather outside is frightful, keep the fire delightful!

Pets may love sitting by the cozy fireplace, but getting too close and curious can be unsafe. Many pets don’t know when they’ve had enough and can end up dehydrated.

4. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire!

Nuts can be dangerous for pets, possibly causing an obstruction if ingested. Some nuts such as macadamia, are also toxic.

5. Don't knock the tree while rockin' around it!

Stabilize the tree by placing it in a very heavy clay pot or anchoring it to the nearest wall to prevent it from tipping over when your dog or cat gets too curious or excited.

6. Welcome to Tinsel Town!

Tinsel and ribbon can cause severe damage to a cat’s intestinal tract if swallowed and generally requires surgical removal.

7. Up on the rooftop, who wouldn’t go?

All cats have their favorite spots. Avoid placing decorations in these areas.

8. Deck the halls, but watch the holly!

Although poinsettias should be avoided as they’re an irritant, there are other plants that look lovely but can be dangerous. Lilies are very toxic to cats so keep them away from curious paws. And holly and mistletoe have spiky leaves that can be a little painful if touched the wrong way.

9. Take a detour at candy cane lane!

Popcorn garland and candy canes look great on the tree, but are tempting treats for your dog. Also avoid having edible presents under the tree. Even if the food isn’t toxic your pet might eat the wrapping to get to the goodies.

10. Watch your yuletide cheer!

The holidays are a time to indulge a little, but make sure Fifi stays out of the wine cellar. Alcohol gets absorbed in our pet’s bloodstream and even small amounts can make them seriously ill.

11. Pull up your stockings!

Stocking staples such as gum and candies that contain Xylitol and dark chocolate can be unhealthy for your pet. Hang stockings high so they can’t dig into the stocking stuffers.

12. 3 french hens, 2 turtle doves, and … a turkey!

When enjoying your holiday feast, ensure your pet doesn’t get a hold of turkey bones or table scraps that could cause them to choke or get sick. The concentrated fat leftover from the turkey in the roasting can also cause severe gastroenteritis or pancreatitis if ingested

Our Resolution 

Our Resolution is to always do our best to provide excellence in wellness, illness and surgical care for patients; to build close, positive relationships with clients, and to provide education and empowerment to clients and staff in a calm, comfortable, healing environment.


       Dr. Susan Murphy and Jenna

Four Paws Animal Clinic is a full-service animal hospital whose mission is to provide compassionate care and support for all our 4 and 2 legged friends. We provide complete medical, dental, surgical and imaging services, including ultrasound as well as deluxe cat boarding.  Our staff is extremely well trained and are passionate about veterinary medicine , having worked with Dr. Murphy at Best Friends for many years. She calls them the "Dream Team".


At Four Paws Animal Clinic, you will walk into a calm, welcoming, and friendly environment every visit, so that the experience is as comfortable as possible for you and your pet. We strive to provide professional, affordable, and advanced veterinary services, including, but not limited to newer alternative therapies such as cold laser and stem cell therapy using your pets own stem cells found in their fat cells. click here to read about this new and exciting treatment for your pets arthritis .

We also have an in-house pharmacy, dental care products, carry some premium foods and have access to specialists, making our veterinary facility a one stop shop for your pet's health and medical needs. Please browse around our new website to learn about our facility and to read interesting pet articles. Click on the "email us" link below to ask us a question or to submit feedback. For directions to our office see our contact us page. To receive free monthly veterinary care articles, please subscribe to our newsletter.

Remember, at Four Paws Animal Clinic, your pets are our family!

Dr. Susan Murphy
Nevada City Veterinarian | Four Paws Animal Clinic | 530-265-3722

521A Searls Ave.
Nevada City, CA 95959

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Dr. Susan Murphy and her staff of animal lovers are the best in this county. I have been taking my cats and dogs to her since I was blessed to find her 14 years ago. She is smart, honest , humble and has many years experience. Dr. Murphy even sheds a tear her self when she has to send one off to rainbow bridge. Your little loved one will be in good hands here..............  Marcie R.

 Words cannot express my gratitude to the entire Four Paws staff. You are all truly a blessing; big shoutout to Jessica, Kevin, and Shelby for making this process so smooth for both of us....Brandon B

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