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Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Halloween is here again! This delightfully spooky holiday means tricks and treats for the entire family, including our pets. Know the important precautions you can take to keep your furry goblins safe and happy this Halloween.

Candy is deeelicious, but it is strictly for humans. No candy is ok to give to pets–ever. With all the fun and excitement, be sure you’re not leaving candy where your pet could get it. Candy can cause GI upset. Even worse, it can be toxic and potentially lethal. Make sure you are doing your part to keep candy out of your pet’s reach.

Be cautious with Halloween decorations, which can seem like treats and toys to a pet. Keep decorations away from your playful companions and be aware that lit candles can pose a danger to paws and tails. Toss pumpkins and gourds before they start rotting to ensure that your pet doesn’t ingest mold.

Trick or Treaters can be a sensory overload for our pets. The doorbell rings constantly, with strangers at the door dressed in wild outfits yelling, “Trick or Treat!” If your pet seems at all uncomfortable, put them in a quiet area away from the excitement. This will minimize the chance of your pet reacting by growling or snapping or even running away. Keep pets indoors; this means wandering kitties, as well. Not only can the theatrics cause undue stress, but pranksters are on the loose. Keep your pets safely indoors to avoid being caught in the middle of a misguided high jinks.

Be kind when putting your pets in costumes. Some pets LOVE to dress up, but others just don’t. If your pet seems stressed or uncomfortable, don’t force it. Keep your pet comfortable and at ease. If your pet has trouble moving or breathing in its costume, take it off. Only allow your pet to wear a costume when monitored. Leaving your pet alone in a costume could result in the outfit getting caught on something or your pet trying to eat it. Stay away from using hair dyes, as this can be harmful and potentially toxic. For pets that don’t enjoy costumes, try a fun bandana instead!

With these tips in mind, Halloween can be a fun and stress-free holiday for the whole family.

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The Golden Years: How to Increase Your Senior Pet’s Quality of Life

Our pets are truly members of the family, offering us love and companionship. It’s not always easy to see our beloved pets enter their senior years, but understanding their needs can help keep them happy and healthy. Here are a few points to consider.

It is important to take your pet to the veterinarian for regular wellness care. The doctor may suggest routine lab work to monitor for abnormalities. Just like humans, pets can develop issues with organ function as they age. Medications can help regulate the functioning of their heart, kidneys, liver, and thyroid, and this will increase their comfort and potentially help prolong their life. Also like humans, pets are susceptible to developing arthritis. Supplements, medications, acupuncture, or physical therapy can help their ability to remain active.

Like humans who become senile or develop dementia, animals can have cognitive dysfunction. We may relate many of these symptoms to normal aging – symptoms such as pacing, forgetting daily routines, or having accidents in the house. A doctor can help diagnose cognitive dysfunction. If properly managed, it is possible to reduce the symptoms and increase your pet’s quality of life.

Switch your pet’s food to one that’s specially formulated for seniors. A specialized diet can address an aging lifestyle. You will find a number of diets that increase fiber and add in supplements for joint health. Fatty acid supplements like fish oil can help maintain healthy skin and a healthy coat.

Comfort is key. Make sure you provide your senior pet with plenty of cushy bedding around your home and in your car. Try laying down rugs or runners to help your pet with traction on tile or hardwood. Does your pet love being social or going on walks but isn’t as physically capable? Think about getting your pet a wagon or stroller, allowing relaxation while enjoying the things they love! Have them join you at outdoor cafes for some low-key socialization. Kitties who enjoy the outdoors may benefit from a screened-in patio, bringing the outdoors inside.

Stay active, or as active as possible. Keeping your pet mobile will help keep muscles and joints healthy. Keep up the frequent walks and throw the ball around, but limit exercise time so your pet won’t overdo it. Also monitor for overheating on warmer days. Don’t forget to encourage an active mind; practice training exercises and engage your pet with toys that provide a mental challenge. For the food motivated play games that offer treats as prizes!

Allowing your pet to maintain its familiar lifestyle is paramount during the senior years. This, combined with routine medical care to manage physical health, can make all the difference in quality of life. For more guidance on senior pet care, call the Pet Vet to schedule a consultation (828) 232-9990.

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Adventure Time for Your Pets

Springtime is here, and it’s time to head outdoors! Looking for activities you and your furry companion can enjoy together? Then look no further than these pet-friendly activities.

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Cats on Leashes

Have you considered taking your cat outside on a leash? Social and outgoing cats might benefit from exploring the outdoors on a leash, while cats who are shy and like to hide may prefer to remain indoors.

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