Your Lost Pet’s Ticket Home

There is nothing worse than that empty pit-in-the-stomach feeling when the realization hits that your pet is nowhere to be found. There is no question that proper identification is a lost pet’s ticket home. But these days a collar with a tag simply isn’t enough because they can be removed. A microchip in addition to a collar is definitely the answer. Fortunately, micro-chipping is becoming…

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Safe Halloween Tips for Pet Families

Halloween can be a fun family event, but can be a dangerous holiday for your pet. Here are a few safety tips to help you through the holiday.

Keep your pet inside

Some dogs can be overwhelmed by all the little visitors coming to your door and ringing the door bell. Also the costumes can be scary for your pet. It is their natural instinct to protect their “pack” from strangers and you do not want any of your little trick-or-treaters to get hurt.

Contain your dog

Some dogs will need to be confined to a separate room to limit excitement or injury. If taking your dog outside, be sure he is on a leash at all times.

Act normally

If your dog does seem anxious, continue to act as normal as possible. By giving your dog extra attention to try and reassure them, it will actually re-enforce the behavior and communicate to the pet that there is something to worry about and will result with increasing the anxiety rather than calming them.

Wear ID Tags or Microchip your pet

Just in case your dog does get loose, you will want to make sure he is wearing a current ID tag or is micro-chipped so he will more likely to be returned to you. We now have an ID tag engraver and a large selection of ID tags in stock at the clinic. We can custom engrave a tag for your pet in minutes.

Help your dog get used to costumes

Expose your dog to the costumes your kids will wear before the big day. Allow them to sniff them and let your kids model them so they will get used to them with out  all the excitement. Avoid wearing masks around your dog because that can scare them even more.

Costumes on your dog

While some dogs are used to being dressed in sweaters or dresses, a lot of dogs do not like it. Do not wait until the big night to try your pet’s costume on. Start several days to weeks early and put the costume on when there is not a lot of excitement and watch them closely.  If your dog is still not used to wearing his costume, a colorful bandana or his birthday suit will have to do. We have a great selection of dog costumes in stock at the clinic and a larger selection at our website

Keep the treats away from your pet

Candy – especially chocolate or the artificial sweetener, xylitol – can make your dog very sick resulting in a trip to the Doggie ER. Some dogs have been known to devour the candy haul, sticks, wrappers and all. Keep all candy well out of reach of your pet in a pet proof container.

Fire Safety

Keep candles and lighted pumpkins away from your pet and never leave a burning candle and your pet home alone. A swishing tail is all it takes to knock over a candle and set your house ablaze or injure your pet.

With a just a little preparations and keeping the the actions of your pet in mind, your Halloween will be a fun night rather than a nightmare.

Tips for a Safe 4th of July for Pets

Celebrations are fun for people, but can be scary for out pets. Here are a few suggestions to help keep your pet safe for the holidays.

  • If you are going to a fireworks display, leave your dog at home. Fireworks can scare your pet and he may run off or may even bite someone.
  • If you leave your pet at home, do not leave them outside. Dog’s hearing is 10 times more sensitive than ours and firework bangs coupled with the bursts of lights, may cause your dog to escape the back yard or injure himself.
  • When keeping your dog inside, create a special area or a “den” where your dog can feel safe. Use a crate or an airline kennel, a laundry room or the bathroom. Keep him out of rooms with windows. I have had to stitch up many dogs that have bolted through the pane glass windows during fireworks and thunderstorms when left alone.
  • You can also try leaving music on for your dog. Classical selections seem to soothe them better than rock.
  • Consider hiring a sitter for your pet on nights when the fireworks are at their worst, or stay home with your pet.
  • When home with your pet and they are acting scared, coddling them to try to soothe them actually has the opposite affect and re-enforces their fear, thus  making it worse. Try to ignore them or tell them to lay down or put them in their safe spot with the lights off and the doors closed. De-sensitizing them to the noise prior to the fireworks is the best way, but it does take  time and effort on your part to complete the de-sensitization.
  • All natural Calming Yums may also help to mellow your dog when combined with behavior modification.
  • Melatonin is a natural sedative used by many to help them sleep at night and giving it to your dog may help with the anxiety.
  • If none of these methods are helping, you can discuss more options with your veterinarian for sedation medications or a certified dog trainer for separation anxiety issues.
  • Keep your pet’s id tag on them at all times. Consider implanting a microchip for permanent identification in the event you and your pet do get separated during festivities

 

If you should have a pet emergency, please check our Emergency page for contact numbers and a map to the Animal ER.