Happy Thanksgiving!

We want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! So our staff can enjoy the holiday we will be closed November 25-28th for the long weekend.

Preparing for Thanksgiving with Your Dog

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dog thanksgiving

This year Thanksgiving may be a little different. For some it means smaller meals, or instead of a table full family members you have your iPad at a place setting with people on Zoom. But many people are still doing up a turkey day dinner. There are some important safety tips for keeping your pooch in good health on Thanksgiving.

Doggie Do’s

1. Give your dog well-cooked Turkey meat– Do not give them any skin, or bones, or any part with any spice. Giving them plain white meat is the best for them. What is even better is cooking them up some of their own turkey breasts with no spices.

2. Give your dog some nice (un-spiced) vegetables! They will love it! As you are chopping carrots and broccoli, toss Fido a couple of pieces. You will wish your kids ate up those vegetables as fast as your dog does.

3. Let your pup join in the feast. When it is time to eat, stuff their kong with bits of turkey, kibble and vegetables (un-spiced). Feeding your dog at the same time can help reduce some begging on their part and helps them feel a part of the activities.

Doggie Don’ts

4. Don’t give your dog turkey bones or any part of the carcass.  The bones are brittle and can break off into small pieces causing damage to their mouth, throat, and stomach. If you want to give them bones as a treat, talk to your butcher about bones that will be ok for your dog.

5. No cranberries, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, or anything with herbs – Many of our Thanksgiving foods have great tasting things in them like onions, raisins, grapes, and herbs that are super delicious to us but toxic for your pup. So better to be safe than sorry, and just don’t share.

6. Don’t share your beer or wine. They might like it but it can cause them serious health complications that can cause them to go into a coma. So put your glass on the table instead of the floor.

7. No dessert for doggie! Chocolate is toxic for dogs and most other deserts will give them an upset stomach and you may end up cleaning up more than just dishes.

8. No raw dough! If you are baking bread, make sure that your dog doesn’t get into the bow. The dough can rise in their stomach causing big issues. Honestly, it is good advice for people too.

Some Turkey Tips

9. Keep the garbage can secure. Another good reason to feed your dog at the same time you are eating, it will keep them out of the trash! Right now your trash can smells especially delicious and is likely filled with lots of delicious foods that will give your dog diarrhea and cause them to vomit. If your dog won’t leave the trashcan alone, you may want to take it out before your meal.

10. Guard your plate! Some sneaky dogs may try to steal food off your plate while you are not looking.

11. Guard your centerpiece! It isnt just your food that is at risk, many dogs like to eat the flowers out of your centerpiece. So make sure that pup is staying away from the table.

12. Get her pooped! If you spend some extra time exercising before the big dinner starts, your dog will be more likely to run out of energy during the dinner instead of getting hyper.

13. Give your dog an escape. Not all dogs like crowds of people and he may not want to be social. So give him a quiet place to go where people won’t bother him.

7 Tips For Pet Halloween Costumes

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Halloween is the best! I dress up everything from myself, my kids, my door, my house, and of course my pets. But if you are going to dress up your pets make sure you are following some pet safety rules to help keep your pets safe and keep them from having a lot of anxiety. We all want to have fun on Halloween, including Fido.

Tips For a Safe Pet Halloween Costume

1. Never Force Your Pet to Wear a Costume: 

Forcing a costume on your pet will only cause unnecessary stress and anxiety. Signs that your pet doesn’t like wearing a costume are: picking at the costume, trying to remove it, biting or chewing it, crying or whining. If you are worried about if they will like it or not, start off by putting on parts of the costume for short periods of time and help them get use to it. Plus taking it off when they show signs of distress will let them know that they can trust you and you aren’t just forcing them into it.

2. Don’t Leave Them Alone: 

Being alone in a costume is unsafe. Even if your pet loves to wear costumes, this is not their natural state of being. It is easy for them to get tangled up in their costume. If they get stuck, this can cause panic and may lead to your pet getting hurt.

3. Are They Able to Move?

You may like a tight and rigid costume that keeps you from moving your head or limbs, but your pet won’t. It is important that your pet be able to move in their costume. When you put on their costume, make sure that your pet can move their legs, head, and neck around easily. Most importantly, make sure that their airway is not obstructed. Make sure they can breath!

4. It’s Not All or Nothing

When you are getting your pet use to their costume you may find that they are comfortable with part of it but not all of it. Pay attention to their body language to see if maybe they are having an issue with part of their costume. Maybe you have a hat or a cape and they are pulling and tugging on it. If your pet is ok with some of the costume but not all of the costume, don’t be afraid to modify it. Just like with small children, sometimes you just have to adjust the costume to fit the being inside it.

5. Can Your Pet See and Hear?

Your pets sight and hearing are important for them to be able to navigate and to be able to determine when they are in danger or not. You never want to give them a costume that restricts their ability to see or hear. This is why full masks and hats can be a bad idea. Also a good idea to get a costume designed for pets, these typically are designed to accommodate their eyes and ears.

6. Hair Dye for Pets

We do not recommend putting any kind of hair dye or temporary hair color on your pets. When your pet bathes themselves, they ingest the hair dye and this can make them sick. In fact, it is best if you resist the urge to put any hair product of any kind on your pet. Hair dye and hair product can cause diarrhea, vomiting, upset stomach, and other issues. Best to give it a big pass.

7. To Glow or Not To Glow?

Halloween is prime glow stick season. Often we cover our kids and ourselves in glowing bracelets and necklaces. For humans this is fine, but for pets this is one that is better to skip. The glow sticks, necklaces, and bracelets, are toxic to your dog if they ingest them. If you pet chews on a glow stick it can make them incredibly sick. In fact, if you think your pet has swallowed any of the contents of a glow stick, get in touch with your vet immediately.

We hope that you are your pet have a wonderful Halloween!

We love to see pets in costumes, so if you need to get your annual vaccinations, bring your pet to our daily walk-in shot clinic in their Halloween costume!