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Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is a great time for family-friendly fun and sugary sweets! It is always a fun time dressing up our furry friends and posting adorable pictures of their costumes too! But the fun and games are cut short when Fido eats the Halloween candy and we have to rush to the ER. Here are some of our best tips and tricks to ensure that everybody enjoys this holiday weekend!

No Sweets for Sweetie

Before and after trick-or-treating, please remember to keep Halloween candy safely up and away from your furry friends! They are a treat for you but a trick for them! Many candies contain chemical toxic to your pets such as chocolate, gum, and xylitol.

Chocolate

Chocolate, in the right amount, it toxic to any animal. The common symptoms start with vomiting and diarrhea, but can progress to seizures and more. The key is, how much chocolate is toxic to your pet? In terms of toxicity, it worsens from white chocolate to milk, to dark in increasing amounts. We have added a quick chocolate calculator for your dog! If your dog or cat does eat any amount of chocolate, we highly recommend consulting with a veterinarian.

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Keep Pumpkins away from Pumpkin

We have all heard that pumpkin can be good for your pet and that is totally right, but only pure, unseasoned pumpkin NOT jack-o-lanterns. Especially jack-o-lanterns with candles in them! Your pet may decide to investigate or eat them and they end up knocked over!

Other potential decorations risks include rubber eyeballs (choking risk), glow sticks and fake blood (potential poisons), and fake cobwebs (common foreign bodies and choking hazards).

Party Poopers are Okay

Before the trick-or-treating starts, we highly recommend putting your pets, especially those that are protective of the house or have anxiety, in a quiet room away from the ruckus. Sometimes even just moving their kennel or bed will encourage them to stay tucked away. This gives them a safe, quiet place for them to relax. It takes away the need to protect the house from trick-or-treaters and away from all the ruckus. That way they can relax and snooze the night away.

Questions? Concerns? Please don’t hesitate to call us or find us on Facebook!

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Do’s & Don’t’s of Doggy Treats: Over-indulging

We all know our doggy bffs LOVE their treats, and we love giving them a little indulgence every once and awhile! But we have to be responsible with our choices. The wrong kinds of snack OR the right kinds of snacks in the wrong quantities can be harmful to our doggie.

We all know about human obesity. Unfortunately, as human obesity grows more common, so does pet obesity. It is very common to see obese pets with complications in today’s Veterinary world. Here are some examples of how our food love language may not be helping this problem.

Treats are a great way to bring a little joy to your pet’s day, but only in the appropriate quantities. Your dog will be just as excited about a PIECE of a hotdog as the whole thing! So keep this in mind as your pamper your favorite pooch!

Questions? Concerns?Please don’t hesitate to give us a call or message us below!

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Let’s talk Puppy Vaccines

We have a lot of questions from owners regarding puppy vaccines and we understand that they are a lot. Lots of options and lots of appointments can be very confusing. We thought we would make it a little easier. We build vaccines as the puppy grows, slowly adding one or two until we are big enough for our big boy shots.

Let’s break it down. What is DHLPP? It covers all the scary stuff like distemper and parvo. It also covers lepto. Lepto is a bacterial infection that you can get anywhere a stray animal has peed. It usually isn’t that severe in vaccinated dogs, but, it very easily transfers to people. So lepto vaccines are very important!

We have all heard of rabies. It is fairly uncommon but carries a 100% mortality rate so it is also very important. It is also a legal requirement for animals to be up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations. Kennel cough and rattlesnake vaccines are situational. Kennel cough is most important in animals that are boarding or frequently around other dogs just as rattlesnake vaccines are most important in animals that spend a lot of time outside.

We hope that clears the mystery of vaccines up a little for you!!

Comments? Questions? Please give us a call at (918)865-4733 or send us a message!

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Pet Heatstroke: What does it look like?

Heatstroke is a serious, often fatal, condition in which a dog or cat’s core body temperature is way higher than it should be. It most commonly occurs in the summer on days with high humidity. Unfortunately, this condition is not common knowledge and can have a very rapid onset. Puppies, smooshed-face animals, and older pets are among those most commonly affected.

The most common symptoms of heatstroke are excessive panting, weakness, a cherry-red tongue, diarrhea, and vomiting. Now, panting is a normal, healthy part of dogs keeping cool. Excessive panting, i.e. we physically cannot get enough air, especially with a bright, red tongue, are cause for concern. Now, in cats, ANY panting is a cause for concern! If you see these symptoms in your pet, it is time to take action!

You think your pet has heatstroke, it is time to see a veterinarian. Heatstroke can cause the body to go into shock very, very quickly. This is life-threatening and requires medical attention. What can you do to help or prevent it? Animals need breaks from the heat just like we do. Having a cool place in the shade or indoors, especially with cool water, can help tremendously. Kiddie pools full of hose water work great for this.

Small drinks of cool, not cold, water help a lot too. Guzzling water can upset the stomach and cause vomiting, but small sips helps keep heatstroke at bay. Again, if you think your animal has heatstroke they need to see a veterinarian! Not only can they check their internal temperature, but they can also give cool fluids in the vein and perform other life-saving procedures!

Questions? Concerns? Feel free to shoot us a message below!