Scary Halloween Hazards for Your Pet

Bulldog in Halloween costumeGhost and goblins aren’t the only hazards for Max and Mittens this Halloween.  Keep an eye out for these top Halloween pet dangers:

Chocolate

This common Halloween treat is not for your pet.  Chocolate, especially in the form of dark or baking chocolate, can be toxic.

Artificial sweeteners

Beware of baked goods or candies sweetened with xylitol.  Just a small amount of this artificial sweetener could be deadly.

Halloween plants

Traditional Halloween decorations like pumpkins and corn are not toxic, but ingestion could cause digestive upset or an obstruction.

Wires and electrical cords

Decorating for the holidays often leads to cords in places where they are not normally.  Be sure all these are out of the reach of curious teeth and that your pet cannot become tangled in them.

Candles

If you choose to light up your Jack O’Lantern with a candle, keep it out of the way of mischievous cats and dogs to prevent burns.

Costumes

If you choose to dress up your pet, be sure that its costume fits well and does not obstruct vision, hearing, or breathing.  A costumed pet should always be supervised so that it does not become tangled in the costume or chew off pieces.

If you do get your pet into a costume, we’d love to see it! Share your pictures in our Pet Gallery or on our Facebook page.

Trick or treaters

When opening your door to hand out candy, be sure your pets are secure in the house.  Stressful activity and an open door can lead to lost pets very quickly.

Decorations

Be sure that tempting decorations like tinsel, ribbons, and other potentially ingestible items are kept out of reach from curious pets.

If you think that your pet may have gotten into something that he shouldn’t have, please don’t hesitate to call us.

Welcoming Your New Kitten

Kitten

Photo by Lachlan Rogers

Kittens are adorable, mischievous, and always entertaining.  Follow the following steps to ensure your new kitten makes a seamless transition into your home:

Baby proof your home

Kittens love to get into trouble.  Be sure to keep dangerous items such as string, ribbon, and small toys put away.  Make sure any houseplants are safe for cats.  Electric cords should also be stowed away from curious teeth.

Introduce slowly to existing pets

Keep your new addition confined to one room at first so that your other pets can grow accustomed to its smell and presence.  Be sure both animals have a way to get away from one another.  All interactions should be supervised until you know how each animal will react to the other.

Help to litter train

Your kitten may require a smaller, shallower litter box than an adult cat at first.  Place him or her in the box after feedings to encourage its use

Provide toys and a scratching post

Be sure to discourage scratching on your personal items and nibbling your finger right away.  Your kitten should have plenty of toys to play with and a place to scratch so that it is not tempted to utilize less desirable items.

Remember, your new kitten’s first exam and distemper vaccine are free! Contact us today to set up an appointment, and be sure to let us know if you have any questions about getting your new friend acclimated.

Having a new kitten is an enjoyable experience; however it is often very easy for your new pet to find trouble. Keep a close eye on your new little bundle of joy to be sure he or she is safe and sound.

Fall Fitness for Your Pet

Boy and dog playing in leavesThe weather has finally started to cool off any you can think about enjoying some time outdoors with your pets!  Here are some suggestions for fun activities that you and Fido can enjoy together:

  • Take a hike:  Get out and enjoy the beautiful fall colors with your pet.  Many parks and trails welcome leashed pets.
  • Play some football:  NFL players aren’t the only ones who are ready to play.  Many dogs enjoy chasing a ball and tumbling in the grass!
  • Rake some leaves:  Make yard work a fun and interactive chore.  You’d be surprised how much fun running through leaf piles can be.
  • Take a trip to the dog park:  If your pup enjoys the company of others, the autumn is a great time to visit the dog park.  It’s not so hot as to hamper long, active play but it is not so cold yet that the weather ruins a good time.

Fall can be an enjoyable time for you and your pet to spend some quality time together.  Take advantage of the weather, because winter is right around the corner!

Visit our website for more tips on keeping your pet happy and healthy.