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Save the Black Cat!

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albuquerque catThe black cat has been a symbol of superstition for ages. Iconic Halloween images with trees bare of leaves dark in the their silhouette, blowing in the wind, with jack-o-lanterns at the base of their trunk, and the black cat sitting near by. Or how about, the witch flying on her broom with her infamous black cat “familiar” sitting on the broom stick. There is a fairly common belief that a black cat crossing your path is bad luck. In some cultures, the black cat was considered good luck, but in the US they may not be bad luck but they are at least a symbol of the scary Halloween.
For those that are not afraid of the spooky black cat, you may find that these beautiful sleek cats make amazing pets. In fact, there is a huge fan following of the black cat. Many people believing that they are sweeter than the average house cat.
During the Halloween season, violence against black cats goes up. Some animal shelters won’t allow black kittens to be adopted because of fear that people may do something bad.It is not just violence that the black cat is being threatened with. Shelters often get concerned that black cats will be adopted to be used as Halloween props, and then abandoned after the holiday. Though there are reports that also say, violence towards black cats is not as high as some people expect, there are definitely people out there that believe black cats are bad luck. In our clinic, we typically hear of a few cases every year where a black cat has been injured during Halloween.
Let’s save the black cat! If you have a black cat, please keep them inside on Halloween. If your cat is safe inside, they will be at less risk of getting hurt by pranksters. Make sure your cat has its microchip in case it does go missing, that way it can be more easily returned home to you. You can easily get your cat microchipped by bringing them into our daily walk-in shot clinic.
We love all the beautiful black cats. If you see one on Halloween, maybe try to give it some love in case anyone else is being less than loving.

Keep Calm and Trick or Treat: Halloween Anxiety Management for your Pet

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Hpet safety halloweenalloween may be fun for you and I, but it can be very stressful for your pets. The night is filled with kids ringing the door bell over and over, wearing crazy costumes, and screaming trick-or-treat. There are treats all over that they can’t eat, and scary sounds everywhere. This can be a high anxiety evening.

Watch the Door

If your dog get too scared they may try to make a break for the door and run away. First, make sure your pet is microchipped so if they do run away, it is easy for them to be returned  home to you quickly. You can get your pet microchipped during any of our daily walk in shot clinics.

Keep your pet away from the front door so they don’t get a chance to run out. If your dog barks a lot at the door, you may want to put them farther back in the house so they can’t hear the activity at the door.

Keep Your Pets Inside

It may seem like keeping them in the back yard during may help keep them calm, but typically it just makes them more anxious. They are more likely to bark and growl at every costumed kid. They may even try to flee your back yard, especially if you have kids come to your house that are more trick than treat.

Black cats are in particular danger on Halloween. Because many people believe they are bad luck, they are at a high risk for violence. Definitely keep your black cats inside.

A Kennel Vacation

If your dog is prone to having really high anxiety, you may want to consider putting them in a kennel for the night. Often times, kennels are a lot of fun for your dog and are like a little vacation. Taking them to a kennel can not only give them a fun break but also a reprieve from the anxiety of Halloween night.

Natural Remedies

There are some great natural remedies that can help quell anxiety. Lavender is wonderful as a calming agent. Try putting a drop of lavender on their collar, or get a lavender sachet to add to their kennel or sleeping are. The smell of lavender naturally soothes and calms the nerves. You can also try using Rescue Remedy in their water. Rescue Remedy is a naturopathic remedy you can buy at most pet stores. Ingesting it has been known to cause calming effects on pets.

 

 

 

 

Halloween Pet Safety

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Pet HalloweenHalloween is a great time for families and fun. But good fun comes with good safety. If you want to make sure that all your family members have a good time, lets make sure that some pet safety is observed for the Halloween.

In a previous post we discussed costume safety to make sure that your pet was not only safe in their costume but having a good time.

Other tips for Halloween Pet Safety are:

  1. Keep your pet away from Halloween candy and food. Most candy is not safe for your pet. There are dangers such as chocolate, which can cause theobromine poisoning, and other candies that contain xylitol which is also toxic to pets, and even more natural candies can be a choking hazard or just cause a basic upset stomach. If you want to give your pet a treat it is better to make them their own treat that is both good for them and yummy. Check out some of our great dog treat recipes for yummy home made dog treats.
  2. Trick or treating can be a stressful event for your pet. The door bell ringing all night, all the kids coming to the door being loud and dressed in different costumes, can all be exciting and also anxiety provoking. Give your pet a safe space to retreat to that is away from all the noise and excitement.
  3. Lots of love and attention is one of the best ways to help combat anxiety. If you pet seems anxious, try to spend some time together and give them some special attention. Just petting them and spending time with them can be enough to help quell anxiery.
  4. Keep your pet away from the Jack-o-lantern. We already spoke about the safe way to share pumpkin with your dog. But another danger with the jack-o-lantern is the candle. Do not let your dog or cat sniff your jack-o-lantern. The candle can burn their hair, nose, or whiskers. Do not let them eat the candle, as the candle itself can cause an intestinal blockage.

Halloween is such a fun time. Make sure to have a safe and fun Halloween.

 

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