7 Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Dog or Cat
If any of these are consumed; call your veterinarian as soon as you know it has happened.
- Xylitol-containing products (xylitol is an artificial sweetener often found in sugar-free candy and gum and other foods to decrease the sugar intake);
- Chocolate (although some types of chocolate are not as toxic as others, it's safer to keep your pet away from all types of chocolate);
- Grapes and raisins;
- Fatty and fried foods;
- Macadamia nuts
Leptospirosis "Lepto" is a disease caused by infection with Leptospira bacteria. Some of the ways your pet can get "Lepto" is by eating grass where infected animals have been. Ask the doctor how you can safegard your pet today.
Don't forget to have your dog tested for heartworm diease. Heartworms are transmitted by the bite of a mosquito. The larva primarily reside and cause damage to the blood vessels of the lungs. Remember to call for an appointment and don't forget tto ask about fleas and ticks.
Outdoor cats are exposed to a variety of viruses (especially rabies) and therefore need to be protected against these dieases.
In puppies and kittens parasites rob your pet of healthy development and in some cases are transmitted to humans. Bring a stool sample at your next visit.
I have noticed a rise in Leptospirosis. Call me to discuss if your pet should be vaccinated against this bacteria.
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7 Things You Can Do to Make Halloween Safer for Your Pet
- Don't feed your pets Halloween candy, especially if it contains chocolate or xylitol (a common sugar substitute found in sugar-free candies and gum);
- Make sure your pet is properly identified (microchip, collar and ID tag) in case s/he escapes through the open door while you're distracted with trick-or-treaters;
- Keep lit candles and jack-o-lanterns out of reach of pets;
- If you plan to put a costume on your pet, make sure it fits properly and is comfortable, doesn't have any pieces that can easily be chewed off, and doesn't interfere with your pet's sight, hearing, breathing, opening its mouth, or moving. Take time to get your pet accustomed to the costume before Halloween, and never leave your pet unsupervised while he/she is wearing a costume;
- Keep glow sticks and glow jewelry away from your pets. Although the liquid in these products isn't likely toxic, it tastes really bad and makes pets salivate excessively and act strangely;
- If your pet is wary of strangers, or has a tendency to bite, put him/her in another room during trick-or-treating hours or provide him/her with a safe hiding place;
- Keep your pet inside.
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