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Halloween and Pet Safety
Halloween is once again upon us and while it can be a great time of year with beautiful leaves falling and fun costumes with lots of yummy candy, it can also be a dangerous time of year for our pets.
Let’s start with costumes for your pet. If your pet enjoys getting dressed up then great! But, if you have a pet that does not, then consider letting he or she wear just a festive bandana. Halloween is already stressful without making your pet more anxious. For those who do like a fun costume, please make sure it fits comfortably without any tightness that could cause swelling or pain or pull on their fur. A costume should be loose but not enough that your pet could trip on it, this includes trailing pieces. Also, if a costume includes an eye piece or head cover make sure your pet can still easily see and hear. Lastly, make sure there are no extra pieces (bells, balls, bows) that your pet could chew off and cause a bowel obstruction.
Keep Seniors Active
Our animals age very similarly to the way we age, they just do it quicker. An average age for a pet to be considered a senior pet is around seven years old. That being said, the size of the animal can also regulate age. Giant breeds such as Great Danes are considered seniors at 5 years of age where as toy breeds such as Tea Cup Poodles are considered seniors at 9 years of age. Cats are generally considered to begin senior status at around eleven years with an additional mature status starting at seven years.
Knowing these age definitions is important for knowing when to start or stop feeding certain diets as well as knowing exercise tolerance or when a cough may becoming something more.
The Dangers of Summer
In memory of Limo 10.28.2008-7.6.2012
Imagine a beautiful warm summer day, sunny, and a bit humid. It had been a long winter so everyone, including the pets, is anxious to get outside and play. There is a slight breeze but it’s early in the day so it hasn’t gotten too hot. You have some errands to run but they won’t take long so you put your furry friend outside to play in a shaded kennel with a bucket of water while you are gone. Unfortunately, your errands take longer than expected and you get stuck at the auto repair shop for a much extended time. By the time you get home many hours later it is really hot and humid outside and the shady spots that were in your yard are no longer there. You finally get home to find your poor pet lying on his side, struggling to breathe, and barely responding to you. This is not just a sad story, it is a true story. This unfortunate tale happened to one of our employees a few years ago. This is heat stroke (or heat exhaustion if caught in the very early stages) and the outcome can be deadly.
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