Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

Fall is finally here, and that means a couple of things—Halloween and candy!

As you can probably tell, the shopping malls and pet stores are stocking up with Halloween costumes. And along with the costumes comes the candy. It is important to keep your pet safe from the dangers of the Halloween festivities. Here are some tips to make sure everyone, including your pet, has a happy Halloween!

• Cats and Dogs should NEVER eat chocolate or candy. Chocolate and candy contain harmful chemical compounds that make cats and dogs very ill. The plastic components of lollipop sticks and other candy can also be dangerous to pets, potentially causing intestinal blockage or intestinal ruptures if ingested.
• Strangers in costumes can distress and provoke even the friendliest of animals to become aggressive. If your cat or dog shows signs of stress, keep your pet in a quiet place during the trick-or-treating hours.
• Candles and Jack O’ Lanterns within a pet’s range are a fire hazard. Wagging tails or frightened cats dashing through the house can easily topple over a candle or carved pumpkin, causing burns or a fire.
• The constant sounds of door knocking and door bell ringing can be stressful for many pets. Sometimes, cats and dogs will experience stress-related diarrhea or appear visibly scared and anxious. Have a safe and quiet area ready for your pet if they appear distressed.

By taking these few precautions, you can ensure that everyone will have a happy Halloween—even your pet! If your pet is experiencing an emergency, please call our office as soon as possible.

Is that a skin tag, a tick, a tumor or a toenail? Let’s check!

Your pet’s yearly checkup is vital to their health. Make that appointment today!

October is the month for witches, pumpkins and things that go bump in the night. But what if your pet has a bump…on their skin? Your pet may have bumps. Lumps. Missing fur. A black spot. A funny-looking toenail. Are these things nothing, or something of concern?

For even the most observant owners, it’s tough to know what skin issues are ok and what needs further evaluation. Yes, your pet may have skin disease and you may not even realize it. For example, your pet’s missing fur may be a bald spot from a tumble or a fungus. Eeew! We can run a simple lab test to figure out which one it is!

And if your pet has a little bump, it may be cancer. If it’s left unchecked, the bump may become larger and harder to remove, which may put your pet’s health at risk. But if we take a look early enough, we may be able to remove it with a big sigh of relief!

And finally, that black “spot” you thought was a freckle on your pet, may be a tick! If our team removes it within a certain amount of time, your pet will likely not be infected by a tick-borne disease. Phew!

Skin is the largest organ of your pet’s body, and there’s a lot to examine. When you bring your pet in for their yearly checkup, we’ll assess every part of it, from nose to tail! We’ll look for spots, rashes, warts, skin tags and everything in between to make sure your pet stays healthy…and cancer-free.

It’s time to schedule your pet’s yearly checkup. We’ll perform a thorough skin check and a few other easy tests if needed to keep your pet healthy and happy! Make an appointment today!