What to Do With Left Over Halloween Pumpkin

pumpkins for dogs
pumpkins for dogs

Pumpkins for Pets

Now that Halloween is over, don’t throw away your jack-o-lantern, give it to your dog as a yummy and healthy treat. Pumpkin is a fantastic food for your dog, it is really good for them, and they love it! It is not just humans that are into pumpkin spice season, your dogs love it too.

  • Great laxative: If your dog is a bit stopped up, some pumpkin in their food will get things moving. It is a great source of fiber. It can actually help fight constipation and block up diarrhea.
  • Urinary health: Pumpkin is high in antioxidants and is believed to be be great for their coat and their urinary health.
  • Cancer reduction: The betacarotene, potassium and iron can even reduce the likelihood of getting cancer.
  • Weight Loss: If your pet is overweight, pumpkin is a great addition to their food. Remove some of their regular food and replace it with pumpkin. It will act as a filler, so they will feel full, but doesn’t have all the calories and fat.
  • Great for birds: Of course they will love the seeds but you can also hang chunks of pumpkin in your birds cage and they will love you. It is chalk full of excellent vitamins and minerals, and it is fun for them to eat.

Feeding pumpkin is a great idea but make sure you do it right or you could make your pet sick. Do not feed them your jack-o-lantern if it has been cut for more than a couple of days. Once they are cut open, they will mold really quickly and that mold can make them sick.

We suggest following a dog food recipe that uses pumpkin.

If you are unsure if you pet can eat pumpkin, call your vet to ask.

Spooky but Safe Pet Costumes: Do’s and Don’ts

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Are you so festive at Halloween that you dress up your house, your kids, yourself and your pets? I am too. This is my favorite holiday and I love everything about it. The best way to have fun is to make sure that all members of the family stay safe. Take a look at these do’s and don’ts for dressing your pets up. They may not always be happy about it, but at least they will be safe.

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!

How Not To Go to The Vet This Fall

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Fall is one of the best times of year. The air smells like green chile, the weather is cooling down, the leaves start to change. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love a New Mexico Fall. In the Fall, just like in the Spring, there are things you need to be cautious about when it comes to your pets. Here are some things to watch for that will keep your dog going on hikes and playing in leaves, instead of in the vets office…unless it is for low cost vaccines, in which case bring them to our daily walk-in shot clinic.

Rodenticides

It is mouse season! I have already seen some scurrying around. There are more rats and mice in the fall as they try to seek shelter. If you see mice around your house you may be laying out mice traps or rodenticides to take care of the problem. These are toxic and dangerous for your pets. Make sure you put them in places that are not accessible to your pets. If you use a service like Truly Nolen to help take care of your rodent problem, ask them if their treatment is pet friendly or make sure they lay rodenticide or traps out of your pets area. If you think your pet ingested rodenticide, call your vet immediately!

Car Coolant

A lot of people flush their coolant in the fall. But did you know that antifreeze smells sweet and pets like to drink it. But even through it smells sweet engine coolant can kill your pet. There glycol-based coolants that are less toxic than the ethylene glycol coolants, but both are dangerous. If you have any coolant spills, clean them up immediately and don’t leave any open coolant out for your pet to drink. If you think your pet ingested coolant, call your vet immediately.

Mushrooms grow in the fall

It is a beautiful time of year for the Bosque walks or taking a hike in the mountains to view the autumn colors. Though New Mexico is a dry place we still grow mushrooms. Once we went on a hike in the Jemez mountains and were hunting mushrooms. We brought them back to our camp and cooked them up and they were delicious! Of course, these were safe to eat mushrooms and completely non-toxic. Most mushrooms have little to no toxicity, but some still do. The ones that do can be highly toxic and cause life-threatening problems in your pets. If you have mushrooms growing in your yard, put on some gloves and pick them. If you encounter mushrooms on hikes, do not let your pet eat them.  A good rule of thumb with mushrooms is unless you 100% know they are ok to eat, don’t eat them and don’t let your pet eat them. Contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately if you witness your pet eating a wild mushroom.

Rattlesnakes and others

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This is the best time of year to go on hikes. It is finally getting cooler and the trees look beautiful. Of course, hiking in the mountains also means you could find rattlesnakes. Every year there are multiple bites reported on people and even more on pets. Make sure you get the rattlesnake vaccine to keep your dog protected and try to keep them from sticking their noses in holes or under rocks where snakes may be trying to sleep. You can get this vaccine during our daily walk-in shot clinic…just FYI.

Get our there an enjoy the start of fall!