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Kennels see business increase during holiday season

8:19 AM, Dec 24, 2012   |    comments
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As East Tennesseans gather to celebrate the holidays, many of those who traveled out of town are doing so without their pets.

Pet kennels across the regions are busy caring for dogs and cats while their owners are away. All Kreatures Pet Care in West Knoxville has received about 150 pets from clients this weekend alone.

"[We] have a revolving door of people coming and going," said Owner Jeff Charlton.

He said despite the weak economy, it's readily apparent East Tennesseans are willing to travel this holiday season as well.

"I think people have realigned how they do their trips, they're still taking trips, they're just realigning how they take trips, they're just taking different kinds of trips," he said. "So, the gas crisis got us a few years ago, but we've stayed in their pretty good."

Many East Tennesseans will also have their pets around with them for the holidays as well.

Veterinarian Penny Iannacone of Central Veterinary Hospital in Fort Sanders said there are factors during the holidays that can sometimes proved harmful to pets.

"There are certain cases that you expect to see during the holiday season," she said.

Iannacone recommended that pet owners keep holiday foods away from their pets. She said the bones from a turkey or a chicken can puncture their gastrointestinal tract. She also said they need to keep pets away from holiday plants like mistletoe and holly, which can be extremely poisonous once consumed.

"It can be kind of be a stressful time for the pets too because there's so many people coming and going, cats in particular," she said.

Iannacone told 10News she has not seen many holiday-related thus far.

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