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(Archive) Happy Safe Halloween with Your Pets

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beagle in pumpkinHalloween is fast approaching, and most people are gearing up to get the decorations ready, and plan the parties and trick-or-treating. Among the many amusing things people do on Halloween—and through October in general—is dress up their animals and take them out as part of the fun. As always, when you take your pet anywhere with your or engage in activity, be aware of ways to keep safe.

Candy is for People

Keep the candy away from your pets. It’s pretty common knowledge that one of the most popular types of candy—chocolate—is bad for dogs and cats. Many candies also contain artificial sweeteners that are poisonous, like xylitol. Plus, all that sugar in general isn’t good for your pet’s health.

Watch out for other trick ‘r treaters.

Just because you think your pet is adorable doesn’t mean others will be so appreciative. Halloween is also notorious for tricksters, and even some not-so-fun mayhem. Plus, you never know how your pet will react to all of the excitement. Keep a watchful eye on your pets and those with whom they come into contact to avoid incidents, and make sure they have all of their ID tags on them.

Remember fire safety.

Those lit pumpkins are creative and spooky, but remember that they can be a fire hazard. Never leave your pet alone with lit pumpkins and other lit objects. And, remember to extinguish them before you leave for a long period, or go to bed. Also, remember that pets sometimes get excited and chew on new things, like decoration cords and lights. So, be cautious as you decorate for Halloween and keep those lights out of your pets’ reach.

Don’t force the costume.

Some pets simply don’t like being dressed in costumes, and it’s not fair to force them. You wouldn’t want someone force-dressing you, so don’t put your pets through that. If they’re fighting the costume, let them win.

We’re here for you and your pet on Halloween, and any other time of the year. Enjoy the holiday, and remember to play it safe.

Remember Your Pet’s Yearly Checkup

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Houston Vet with DogAs we enter the fall season, we’re quickly reminded that winter is not far behind. Even as the Halloween items begin to sell, Christmas products are already appearing on the shelves. Thus, even though there is still time before the end of the year and the beginning of the next, it’s a great time to think about your pet’s health and yearly checkup.

In fact, it’s always a great time to think of your pet’s health.

All pets should see the vet at least once a year. This yearly visit allows your vet to assess your pet’s overall health. She’ll conduct a basic exam for any outward signs of physical problems and may recommend, or even insist upon some x-rays to check for interior issues. The latter is particularly true if your pet is older.

In fact, if your pet is aging, more than one visit yearly may be necessary. As your pet grows older, problems can appear more often. There may also be unseen problems that develop slowly, but must be caught quickly; the only way to do so is make certain that your pet sees the vet often enough to find them before they become deadly.

Consider insurance to help pay for these checkups.

Of course, many pet owners avoid regular vet visits due to costs. You can, however, reduce these costs by investing in pet insurance. With many carriers, you can pay less for checkups, and even get a single, yearly one completely covered. You’ll also save on the costs of major procedures and common medication. It is well-worth the monthly fee.

As fall progresses and winter approaches, start thinking of that next vet visit. When you’re ready, bring your pet into Pet Vet Hospitals. Let us make sure your pet’s next year goes just as well, or even better.

It’s Pumpkin Time Again for Pets, Too

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beagle in pumpkinIt’s that time of year when pumpkins abound. Even before fall begins officially, they appear in your local grocery stores, general stores, and nurseries, ready to be used as décor, carved, and consumed. They’re a fun symbol of a great time of year, coming in all shapes, sizes, and latte flavors. Of course, we’re not the only ones who like these plants.

Pumpkin can be good for your pets, too.

While you don’t want to feed your pet a pumpkin spiced latte or other sweet, raw pumpkin has its benefits for pets. Pure, untreated pumpkin can help with your dog’s digestion, and sometimes your cat’s, too. This is becoming somewhat common knowledge because pet owners, including new ones, quickly become all too familiar with the variety of stomach upsets their pets can experience.

If your pet has diarrhea, or difficulty passing a stool, a dash of pumpkin could be the right tool. Many pet owners keep a can of plain, unsweetened pumpkin around for just such an occasion. Pumpkin contains soluble fiber that can aid your pet’s passing of the tough stool, or soak up excess water that is causing diarrhea. Thus, pumpkin can be a great treatment for some simple tummy troubles.

Not all stomach issues call for a trip to the vet. In fact, if your pet has stomach problems, talk to your vet and ask about pumpkin, and he or she may suggest you try it to find out if it helps before bringing your pet into the office. Of course, if there are other problematic signs in addition to the stool problems, you’ll want to bring your pet in for a checkup immediately.

A final benefit is that most pets enjoy the taste of pumpkin. It is likely that you’ll find you have no trouble getting your pet to eat it. However, if you do, it’s easily mixed in with regular food.

If you have more questions about how to use pumpkin in your pet’s diet, contact us at Pet Vet Hospitals, and have a great fall season with your pet.

Play with Your Pets

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Depositphotos_54192935_s-2015Do you play with your pets enough? Do you provide them with enough attention? Sometimes, when life gets busy, we forget just how much our pets need our attention, and that attention means more than regular meal times, cleaning, and major health concerns. Without our love and affection, pets can easily decline in many ways—in behavior, health, etc. Plus, we need them as much as they need us.

Your pet gets lonely.

When is the last time you took your dog on a walk, or brought out the toys for your cat? Not only are these beneficial exercises for their health, but this is bonding time. The longer you spend without giving your pets affection, the more they may withdraw and become lonely, with can affect their relationship with you, with others, and their overall health. It is, after all, neglect. Of course, as long as it hasn’t been too long, almost all pets will be more than happy the moment you show interest in them again, which is one of the most wonderful things about them: they’re always ready to love you.

They need your help to be healthy.

This time they spend with you exercises their mind and body. They are stimulated in a positive way. Without it, many pets become either lazy, or they act out from boredom. You may find they scratch, chew, or urinate and defecate where they are not allowed. This is letting you know they’re bored, lonely, and mentally unhealthy, and it could be a result of neglect.

You need them, too.

Studies have shown that loving your pet can be good for you, too. Petting an adorable animal can lower your heart rate and blood pressure. You feel more calm, and so do they. It’s a special sort of symbiotic relationship.

When it comes to at-home care, play with your pets. When it comes to their physical health, bring them to us at Pet Vet Hospitals. We want to help you care for your pets.

Try a Catio for an Anxious Indoor Cat

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cat-649164_1920Has your cat been showing signs of anxiety? If your cat is bouncing off the walls, scratching and tearing this apart, or marking, there are numerous potential problems that could be causing the behavior. One possible issue–and a common one–is that your cat is anxious and needs more playtime. It’s hard to commit enough playtime, particularly to a young, enthusiastic cat. You can help make sure she has plenty to do, however, even when you’re not home.

Build a Catio

There are plenty of things occurring the natural world that can keep your cat occupied for hours. All they need is access to them. While letting your indoor cat outside may not be the best idea, you can create a cat patio–or catio–so that they can see and experience more.

You can create this space without knocking down walls. Using the space you already have, you can add some chicken fencing and surround the patio so that the cat can experience the smells, sounds, and sights without risking anything. Place some sturdy, decorative cat features like a cat tree, or cat beds integrated into the patio furniture.

You can also build a catio out in the yard. There are fenced-in structures made specifically for a cat who needs some protected outdoor time. You can find these online, and many of them are DIY projects. They come with little houses for curling up, steps for climbing, and more. They can be small for little cats and short times, or large for extended playtime.

The important thing is that your cat has playtime with fun that is potentially never-ending. She has time to work out all that anxious energy. Of course, you want to make sure you’re readily available to check on your cat when she’s on her catio to avoid any accidents.

If your cat is anxious, come see us at Pet Vet Hospitals. We can offer you advice on how to handle it, and help you treat it, if necessary.