Hello, everyone! I hope this year finds you well. It has been a while since I have posted anything new on this page and for that I apologize. Life has been on the crazy busy side. I've been planning a new series for this blog that aims towards education and pet ownership as well as rescue news. I will, hopefully, have it up and running this spring. Keep checking back!
It is my favorite time of year. The air is nice, cool, and crisp. The leaves are a riot of colors. It’s October. I love October. It also is Halloween time. I enjoy sitting outside and handing out candy. October is so much fun, especially when you have pets. They seem to enjoy the cooler temperatures as well.
October can also be dangerous for pets. Each year, veterinary hospital see an influx of animals that are injured, accidentally eaten candy, burned, or eaten foreign objects. Halloween is fun to celebrate, but you should keep your family pet(s) in mind.
1.Scary Costumes on Humans
There seem to be a ton of videos on Youtube of humans scaring their pets with masks, costumes, or decorations. While this may seem hilarious to you, it is incredibly stressful to the animal and just mean.
Candy is great for humans, not so great for your pets. Chocolate is highly toxic and sweets can lead to serious health issues such as pancreatitis. Raisins, nuts, and xylitol, which is found in sugar free candy, can be deadly. Candy wrappers can cause intestinal blockage or death.
Decorating is fun. Electrocuting or burning your pet….not so much. If you choose to decorate, keep your pet in mind. Wires should be out of reach or out of site. Candles and Jack-o’-lanterns that are lit should never be left unsupervised. Pumpkins can cause intestinal discomfort is nibbled on. Glow sticks should not be left in easy to reach places.
4. Trick or Treat
The constant ringing of the doorbell or the large number of people walking around can cause a lot of stress to your pet. Keeping your pet inside and in a safe room will help with this. Sometimes a pet can get so stressed or spooked, they could escape through the open door. It is best to give then a quiet safe space, such as a bedroom, to help keep them calm
Have and fun and safe Hallloween!
Beware the itchies! It is flea and tick season and they are predicting a really bad one this year. I have said this over and over again to potential adopters: it is easier to prevent than it is to treat.
Ticks: Everyone knows what ticks are. They are gross and nasty little pests. Ugh. They give me the heebee jeebees. I once stepped in a nest of deer ticks and didn't notice until an hour later when my leg was itchy and I saw 70 red dots moving up my legs. I was really lucky that I wasn't bitten. Ticks transmit Lyme Disease to both dogs and humans alike. It is really important to always check your dog for ticks if you have been in a field or wooded area.
Fleas: I think I hate fleas more than I hate ticks. At least with a tick, you can remove it and that is that. Fleas, on the other hand, infest and they are so hard to kill. Flea bombs do not always work. Once they are in your house, they get into the carpet, the cloth of couches and beds, in your clothing, everywhere. You generally have to spray again once the eggs hatch. There was one time when our neighborhood did not spray the outside for pests and there was a flea outbreak. Even with the aid of Frontline, she managed to get covered. She lost so much of her fur and had a nasty yeast infection on her chin that caused small, open sores. It was a constant battle for a month before we were able to get all the fleas out. The thing that saved me was the fact I had hardwood floors. Poor Abby still has scarring on her chin from that.
Heartworm: This is probably more important than fleas and ticks. It is the easiest to prevent but costly to treat. Heartworm, also called dog heartworm, is a parasitic roundworm that is spread from host to host through the bites of mosquitoes. If you live in an area that has a mosquito problem, you need to make sure you properly protect your dog. Since you cannot tell if a mosquito is infected, there is no way to know if your dog is infected until it is too late. That is why prevention is important. It takes about seven months, once a dog is bitten by an infected mosquito, for the larvae to mature into adult heartworms. They then lodge in the heart, lungs, and surrounding blood vessels and begin reproducing. Adult worms can grow up to 12 inches in length, can live 5-7 years, and a dog can have as many as 250 worms in its system. Treatment is lengthy, expensive, and poses a seriously threat to your dog's health and life. The preventative in incredibly easy. One chewable pill once a month. That's it.
For fleas and ticks I use Frontline Plus. You can get this at your vet. They are now found at Petsmart and Petco. One application once a month.
For heartworm I use Heartguard. Abby likes the flavor. It is a prescription from your vet. There are others out there. Talk to your vet about which one may be right for your pet.
As I said, it is easier to prevent than it is to treat.