HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS FOR YOUR BELOVED COMPANION ANIMAL
I have shared this information each year but I do want to keep our pets safe so please take the time to check this out.
Halloween is associated with spooky haunted houses, pet costumes (in the case of pet parents) and most of all, Halloween candy! Candy can be toxic and very dangerous to pets. Below are five dangerous Halloween candies for dogs and cats.
1. Candy Corn & Other High Sugar Candy
Candies that are made with pure sugar can cause severe gas and diarrhea. The sugar not only provides a great source of food for gut bacteria to indulge in, it can also pull water into the colon and cause a bad case of diarrhea.
2. Chocolate Covered Raisins
These tasty treats combine two potentially deadly ingredients in dogs and cats. Chocolate is toxic to pets and can cause severe vomiting, diarrhea and seizures. Raisins (and other grape products) can cause severe kidney failure. The two of these combined is the ultimate toxic nightmare for pets. If your pet eats any chocolate covered raisins this Halloween, take them to your veterinarian immediately for treatment.
3. Candy with Wrappers
When dogs get into the candy bowl, they don’t usually bother to unwrap the treats first. Plastic and foil wrappers pose a health risk since they can cause an obstruction in the intestines and irritate the lining of the GI tract. Sometimes, pets can pass the wrappers without a problem, but it is best to keep all wrapped treats away from pets just in case.
4. Bite-size Hard Candy
Hard candy often has a delicious taste to dogs. These treats pose a major choking hazard for pets. Hard candy becomes slippery when mixed with saliva and it can be inhaled into the trachea (wind pipe), causing a choking hazard. Be sure to keep these candies away from dogs and cats.
5. Sugar-Free Gum
This type of gum may contain Xylitol, a sugar-substitute. it can be deadly if ingested by a dog or cat.
Xylitol causes a severe drop in blood sugar that can happen within minutes after ingestion. Pets may become lethargic, unable to walk and start having seizures. If they survive the initial symptoms, they often will have severe liver damage and potentially fatal liver failure. This is the most dangerous type of Halloween candy for pets.
Keep your pet safe this Halloween by keeping all of your Halloween treats in a safe, secure place. Remember, up on the counter may not be out of reach - my dog Pepper would "counter surf." Best to put candy in drawers or cupboards.
Fireworks are upon us so I'm offering a FREE DOWNLOAD of the TUNING FORK RELAXING MUSIC embedded with the sound healing frequencies of the Chakra Tuning Forks. This can help calm you and your pets during this stressful time.
This is excellent relaxation music for you and your pets. Your pet is as relaxed as their environment. This music uses the frequencies of the Chakra Tuning Fork Sound Healing Energy. The Tuning Forks are aligned to each of the animals chakras. This music is great to help balance the animals energy field. You can play it to help your pets settle down or before bedtime. This will help calm your pet/s and any humans listening. It is great to relax any animal with fears of fireworks, thunder and lightening and more.
Credit to Murdoch University
You will have to enlarge the photo to read the print. The body temperature chart is in centigrade.
Please watch your pets in all summer heat conditions!
, DrI have two Golden Retriever Service dogs that receive annual ophthalmological eye exams through the ACVO/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam Program. My dogs have benefited from this program for over 6 years now and I am truly grateful to the ophthalmological clinics that participate in this program to provide this wonderful service for our service animals.
Last Friday we had another annual exam with for my two Goldens. One of the two dog’s eyes has dark brown irises. The examining ophthalmologist, Dr. Nathan Kice, at Summit Veterinary Referral Center in Tacoma, WA pointed out that because of her dark brown iris she is susceptible to a condition called Golden Retriever Pigmentary Uveitis or GRPU, which researchers are discovering can affect about 25% of all golden retrievers with dark iris eyes. This condition, if not kept under control, can cause blindness and usually affects both eyes. Jada has had 6 annual ophthalmological exams since she was certified as a service animal and I was surprised that nothing was said to me in the past about GRPU. The past two years the exams were done at different clinics because I have been out of state during the exam times in May.
Below is a link to read more about GRPU. If you do not have a Golden Retriever to be concerned about I ask that you will pass this information on to anyone you know that have Golden Retrievers. Many General Practice Veterinarians aren’t even aware of the condition for the research information is published on the Ophthalmology websites and magazines. One sign is red eyes in the whites of the eyes and can be mistreated as allergies. It is caused by inflammation and the inflammation cause needs to be treated. I will continue to use my natural products to reduce inflammation and hope that this will protect my sweet girls eyes. I will also get the recommended annual ophthalmological eye exam to keep us informed.
Dr. Kice, myself and my two Golden Retrievers at their Annual Eye Exam through the ACVO National Service Animal Eye Exam Program.
Thank you Dr. Kice for your love and care of our service animals to participate in this annual program. This is an exceptional clinic.
Don't forget all the things associated with Easter that are harmful to your pets! Pet proof your home to have a safe Easter weekend with your pets.
Especially in households with younger children, it is very import to pet-proof your house for Easter festivities! Between sneaking chocolate from baskets, eating candy wrappers strewn across the house, and mistaking fake, plastic grass for the real deal... Easter weekend is an ingestion hazard waiting to happen.
The best place to start is by avoiding all fake, plastic Easter-basket-grass as it can be lethal when consumed by an unsuspecting pet (not to mention it's very hard to recycle!). Here are some favorite go-to replacements are:
As with all holidays, I always recommend pet-proofing your GUESTS as well as your house to avoid incidents and to reduce the stress on your pets.
Especially with less-frequent guests, give visitors a quick run-down of your pet-rules-of-the-house - i.e. keeping outside doors closed, not feeding the pups from the table, don't chase or handle the animals, unless advised how to.
However, in any situation with many visitors to your home, your pets will inevitably have heightened anxiety and stress. In these situations I've found two products to be incredibly effective in keeping my pets happy and relaxed - Diffusing doTERRA Essential Oils and playing calming music. They can both calm your pets!
Spring is here! That brings joy to our hearts to have longer days, flowers and trees blooming but with that come the fleas, ticks and mosquito’s which are all challenges for our pets.
I have found an all-natural and safe product to protect our pets from these pesky creatures. This tag uses scalar energy to keep the pesky creatures out of the pets energy field. If we keep the mosquitoes away that is also help with heart worm protection.
You can check it out from the link in the picture or here.
Pet Protector has a SPECIAL OFFER until March 31st for multiple pet families. If you buy two pet protector tags for you pets (dogs or cats) you will received one Pet Protector tag FREE!
I have experienced many friends losing their special dear pets this month and it brings up memories of how we all miss our beloved pets when they transition across the Rainbow Bridge. Each pet leaves special memories in our heart. Some transitions are more expected when a pet has become a senior and the body is failing or unhealthy but when it is because of an accident it is harder for the parent(s) can feel guilt for not protecting the pet from danger. Today I experienced a family’s special friend run through an open door and into the street where he was hit by a car and died instantly.
My purpose for writing this blog is to help pet parents understand the importance of some basic training to help prevent situations like this. As pet parents we are responsible for the safety of our pets just like we are responsible for the safety of our children.
It is highly recommended for pet parents to have a basic pet training class to teach our beloved best friends to sit at the door and never go through the door before we do. This waiting for us to go through the door first and then inviting our dog to follow us can prevent so many accidents from happening. Pet basic training should be something every dog parent does for the safety of the pet and their wellbeing. Our dogs love to please us and they do love training. It is great bonding time for the pet and parent(s). It also creates mental activity that can drain some extra energy from the younger dogs. Pet Training also makes pets good citizens.
Dog Age Chart: From the American Kennel Club (AKC)
Of course there are many things you can do to keep you dog healthy and active to live a happy and healthy.
*Feed a nutritionally balanced species - appropriate diet.
*Maintain a healthy weight
*Provide plenty of exercise. A variety of different activities is great.
*Don't over vaccinate - Many vaccinations are needless and can be harmful to the immune system.
*Provide regular exams. Using a Holistic or Integrative Veterinarian if possible to prevent issues before they escalate.
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Here is a bit of advice for keeping your pets safe. Has your pet ever eaten something they shouldn’t that could block their digestive track and cause major complications if they develop a blockage in their digestive track? I have had this happen twice with one of my dogs that thinks things are a treasure to keep and eat instead of letting someone else have them. I experienced this with this dog years ago when she decided to swallow a leather baseball cover instead of letting the other dog that she was playing with keep it. The leather cover stitching broke on the ball and she managed to get the cover off the ball that was in his mouth. Needless to say we took an emergency trip to my vet who just happened to have a cancellation that morning and induced vomiting to remove the cover. If the cover would have entered the digestive track she would have had to have surgery to remove it. This happened close to my vet so I was lucky.
Yesterday this same dog decided to play keep away with the packaging of chicken which consists of the Styrofoam tray and the pellet type lining that is use to absorb the juices to keep them from leaking while packaged. She was outside and wanted to play keep away and swallowed the packaging and pellet substance instead of giving it up. It was my fault for being careless of were the packaging was left for disposing of it. I knew she was going to have to vomit this up but I was miles from a vet or emergence clinic and it was past regular office hours. I decided I would have to use a technique that I knew about to induce vomiting in pets. Amazingly it worked and the unwanted substance was out of her and on the ground within 10 minutes. I was so happy and I want to tell you about this method of inducing vomiting. Hopefully you will never have to use it but I feel it is something you should know. What will induce vomiting is a 3% solution of Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide. IT MUST BE FOOD GRADE! The dosage is generally 1 tsp/10# weight in dogs. I mixed it with some raw chicken and water. I was also told that it should be a unopened bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide to be effective. I always keep an unopened bottle just for this purpose.
You can google it to find out more details for cats. Make sure it hasn’t been two hours since the animal ate the unwanted substance. Look for more details online for dangerous substances that should not have vomiting induced. You should never induce vomiting with brachycephalic pets (pets that have a smooshed face and are more at risk for inhaling vomit into their lungs. Brachycephalic breeds include the following: English bulldogs, Pekingese, Shih-Tzus, Pugs, etc. You can check the link below for more precautions.