Cats, especially black ones, become the victims of Halloween pranks.
When the doorbell rings, make sure you’re aware of your pet's location before you open the door.
Pets like to dash out the door when you open it to give out candy.
Do not give your pets chocolate, because it is life-threatening.
Dogs and cats, unlike humans, are very sensitive to the caffeine-like substances it contains.
The darker the chocolate, the greater the risk.
Make sure all candy is stored in a safe place where your pets can’t get to it.
Remove the pets costumes as soon as you are done so they don't get distressed or injured.
Have a safe Halloween with your Pets!
Hike with your dog for 30-60 minutes. Be sure your pet is in good physical condition.
If your dog has not been on a hike for a long time, be sure to go slow and pace yourself,
increasing duration and distance over time. Check your weather and climate in your area
before you go. Bring water and feces begs. Avoid dehydration. Your dog can help with the
right gear. Dogs can carry up to 25 percent of its weight. Your dog may need extra protection,
like booties, to protect paws, pads and nails. Keep your dog on a leash.
Avoid trails that have bears and coyotes your dog will try to protect you and risk it's own life.
Have a happy and safe hike!
Practice evacuating your family and pets from your home once every three months.
If you have fire extinguishers and smoke detectors test them out before the drill
to be sure they are functioning properly. Train children to use a fire extinguisher before the drill.
Show them how to use it in your backyard. In the event of a real fire find a safe place outside
of your home for your family and pets to meet up. Also try the drill at night.
Get out as quickly as possible, just as in a real fire. Stay low to the floor to avoid inhaling "smoke".
Have a kit prepared to grab on the way out in your drill. It should be full of emergency supplies such as pet carrier, pet ID, medical information with medications, licenses, extra leash, a picture of you with your pet, water bottles, blankets, clothing, and spare money. Know the physical place your pet hides when frightened.
Don’t expect your veterinarian to ask you what you want to do when you take your pet in for an annual exam. Most veterinarians, unless prompted by the client, will assume that you’re there for “the usual” and will go ahead and recommend annual vaccinations. It is up to you to educate yourself and advocate for your pet and know what vaccines and tests might benefit your pet, and to know the laws concerning how frequently the rabies vaccine must be administered. If you encounter a veterinarian who continues to advocate yearly vaccinations, schedule a sit-down talk with your vet, or take your business elsewhere.
Have the vet perform the health exam and other tests first, wait to vaccinate until those results are in, and schedule a follow-up vaccine visit once you know your pet is in good health
Avoid a combination vaccine (five-in-one-type vaccinations) that offers multiple vaccines in only one shot. Look elsewhere if that is all they carry.
Do not vaccinate your adult dog more frequently than every three years (unless local conditions suggest a heightened need for Lepto, Bordetella, or Lyme vaccines; these each last a year or less).
If your dog needs the rabies vaccine try to schedule for a different visit. The rabies vaccine should be administered by itself at a later date, apart from the other three “core” vaccines (distemper, parvo-virus, and adenovirus), and in another part of the pet's body.
Take a look at this video: " Dog and Cat Vaccines are Not Harmless Preventive Medicine"
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