Making Halloween Spooktacular for Pets!

That chill is in the air. The leaves are falling from the trees. In a few short hours, the night will be alive with ghosts and goblins around every corner. Shouts of “trick or treat” will be heard around the neighborhood. Indeed, Halloween is here!

With Halloween upon us, you are probably ready for the big night! However, there are a few things to keep in mind concerning animals and Halloween. Even though we love this holiday, it is not always a pet friendly one.

So, here are a few things to be aware of this Halloween:

Halloween Candy.  One of the best things about Halloween is the awesome candy!  Yes parents, even you must admit to nabbing a piece of candy or 10 from your kids’ stash. Don’t worry, we are not judging. We all do it too. However, all that candy can be mighty tempting for your dogs and cats as well. Be sure to keep candy up and away from where pets can get into it. Although chocolate is the worst (and can even kill animals in large amounts), too much of any candy is not good for pets and can cause upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhea.

Candles. Both in pumpkins and in the open, candles can be a hazard to your pet. Often, candles burning in jack o’ lanterns create a wonderful aroma that just begs a pet to come and investigate. This can lead to singed whiskers at best and severe burns in the worst cases. Be sure that the pumpkins are placed where your dog or cat cannot access them. Also be careful of placing candles in open areas where they can be knocked over by the dog or cat. In addition to painful burns from the flame or wax, this can also start house fires.

Costumes:  Everyone loves a cute dog or cat in a costume. But keep in mind; sometimes your dog or cat is not as happy with the prospect of dressing up. If you do decide to put them in a costume, be sure that they can move freely, the costume does not have small pieces that can be chewed off and ingested and that it does not impair their vision. Also, before you put any kind of dye or coloring on your pet, be sure to check with your vet. Even if it claims to be non-toxic for humans, this is not always true of animals. And one last warning pertaining to costumes; If you decide to take your dog trick or treating with your kids, be aware that all the little ghouls and goblins running around, crazy on sugar, might be a source of anxiety for your pup. Some dogs react with fear and others can get aggressive, so be prepared.

Glow sticks and glow jewelry.  Over the past several years, glow sticks and glow bracelets and necklaces have become a staple for the Halloween holiday. Parents give them to their kids to make them more visible and kids love them because they look cool. Cats and dogs love them because they make fun chew toys. Though the contents are not usually life threatening if consumed, they can cause pain and irritation in the mouth. Therefore, do not leave them lying around where your pets can get to them.

As with all things pet related, knowledge is key. Knowing what things to be aware of and what to avoid this Halloween can make it happy hauntings for everyone!

By on October 26th, 2018 in Pet Care

Pets: The Golden Years

As much as we hate to admit it, our pets get older… just like we do. However hard it is to see that grey start around the muzzle, it is important that you take proper steps to ensure that your cat or dog is living the healthiest lifestyle they can. So, here are a few tips to keep in mind as your pets enter their golden years.

Tip 1: Feed your pet a well-balanced, nutritious diet.

Feeding your pet a nutritious diet is important no matter how old they are, but it especially becomes crucial as they get older. Good food will help with energy levels, joints and their digestion, all of which will give them a better quality of life. Talk to your vet about what diet is best for your elderly pet.

Tip 2: Keep your pet at a healthy weight.

Extra weight on a pet can be detrimental to their health. It creates strain on joints and internal organs. For dogs, be sure that your pup is getting plenty of exercise. Just because they are getting up there in years does not mean that their activity needs to stop. Where long runs might not be best for them any more, walks will help to keep their weight down. Again, a proper diet will help with this as well. For feline owners, diet is important for keeping excess weight off your cat. Also, try different toys to give them some exercise. They might not be as frisky as they once were, but usually with a little trial and error, you can find something to peak their interest.

Tip 3: Keep up on dental health.

This is one that many pet owners miss. Proper dental care in pets is essential at any stage of life, but is critical once they are in their geriatric years. Older pets are more prone to tartar build up and gum disease. This can allow bacteria to get into the bloodstream causing a multitude of issues for your pet. To help keep your pet’s teeth in tip-top shape, brush them at home regularly and schedule a dental with your vet at least once a year.

Tip 4: Take your pets to the vet for regular check ups.

Just like it is important for you to have your yearly physical, it is also important for your pets. For senior pets, some veterinarians even recommend 6 month check ups if your animal is having health problems. Be aware of any issues that your pet is having and anything they might be pre-disposed to (depending on if they are a dog or cat, what breed they are, etc). Yearly blood work is also important for elderly pets. This can help your vet to detect problems that may not be evident just by looking at them.

We love our pets. They are part of the family. And with a little attention and TLC, you can help keep them healthy and happy in their senior years!

By on January 21st, 2014 in Pet Care