Happy Halloween!

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Here at My Zoo, we are ready for Halloween!   Both our veterinarians have costumes planned this year.   In addition to preparing costumes, we’ve also prepared a list of tips to help keep your pet safe this year!

 

  • Keep candy out of reach of your pets. Pets can smell the candy through the wrapping, and a candy wrapper won’t stop Fido from eating it – wrapper and all! Chocolate can be particularly bad for pets, but no candy is good for them.   Some candies and gums contain an artificial sweetener called xylitol that is toxic.   It’s best to keep all candies and treats far out of reach from your pets.
  • Choose a pet costume with care. If your pet doesn’t mind being dressed up, be careful choosing a costume that doesn’t restrict your pet’s movement, breathing, or vision. You want your pet to be comfortable! Also be sure your pet’s costume doesn’t rub or cause a rash.   If your pet loves to chew (and ingest) clothing – Halloween costumes are no different.   Eating a costume can cause an intestinal blockage.
  • Keep decorations (especially ones involving food) out of reach. The colorful maize and multitude of pumpkins that are very popular fall decorations may pose a temptation to your pet.   Corn cobs can clog up the digestive tract, and that moldy, carved pumpkin can upset your pet’s stomach. Carved pumpkins with candles can pose a fire or burn hazard. It’s best to keep them away from your pets!
  • People in costumes may be scary.Your pet probably is used to seeing the faces of visitors.   Visitors in costumes may frighten your pet since it inhibits your pet from reading body language.   This may lead your pet to act fearful or even aggressive when it is usually sweet natured!   Watch your pet carefully, and be prepared to place your pet in a safe environment (like a bedroom or crate) if your pet seems fearful.
  • Watch out for the open door.   If you are expecting trick-or-treaters this year, your front door may be open much more than usual. Now is a great time to make sure your pet’s identification is up to date and legible.   There’s still time to get your pet microchipped as a permanent form of identification. Call for an appointment (573-875-3647). If your pet loves to bolt out front doors, restricting access is best. You can keep your pet in a back bedroom, in a crate, on a leash, or behind a baby gate.

 

 

We hope you all have a wonderful and safe Halloween!   Drop by for a treat (no tricks)!

Happy Halloween

Dr. Katie and Dr. Debbie in Halloween Costumes (from 2012)

If you want to see this year’s costumes, drop by our clinic or check out our Facebook page!

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How to Avoid the Easter Bunny Blues

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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Easter is a fun holiday with all the egg hunts, chocolate, flowers, and bright colors.   However, it won’t be so much fun if your pet ends up getting sick! So here are some quick tips for avoiding the Easter Bunny Blues:

  • Keep chocolate out of reach. Chocolate is toxic for many animals. So be sure it’s beyond their reach!
  • Watch out for xylitol.   Xylitol is an artificial sweetener found in chewing gum, candy, vitamins, and sometimes baked goods.   It’s also toxic to animals!
  • Avoid the dangerous décor.   Baskets lined with that colorful plastic grass may be pretty but is dangerous if ingested!   Shredded paper based products are safer for your pets. If you hide candy in plastic eggs, your dog may find them and eat them (plastic egg and candy).
  • Flowers – This may be a surprise, but Easter lilies are highly toxic to cats. If you have a cat, be sure she cannot get to the flowers. Even the water in a vase containing Easter lilies is toxic!
  • Live animals do not make good gifts. Live chicks and bunnies may start out very cute, but caring for a living creature is a big responsibility. Consider a stuffed animals or chocolate bunnies, but remember to keep both out of reach from your pets!  When you bring a rabbit into your home, you are making a 10 year commitment to the care of that creature! Please consider carefully if a live animal is right for your family before bringing one home! Additionally, if you would like to give your family a rabbit, consider rescuing an older rabbit from a rabbit rescue or the humane society.
  • Here’s an article by the House Rabbit Society on Rabbits and Easter:  http://rabbit.org/easter-and-rabbits-do-not-mix/

Happy Easter!   We hope you all have a happy and safe holiday!

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