Halloween is here! As festivities begin, make sure to keep your pets safe by following these tips:
We love seeing our patients dress up for Halloween! Who doesn't? It's important to make sure that your pet can move comfortably and safely in the costume. Do not tie anything around your pet's neck and check to see if your pet can move without tripping over the costume. Remember that if your pet is uncomfortable or trying to take the costume off, it's best they go as cute dog or cat instead of a pumpkin.
Treats and sweets are great for people, but not for pets. Candy and chocolates can be harmful to dogs and cats, even fatal, especially in large quantities. Keep these sweets out of reach from your pets. If you have guests coming over, make sure you communicate house rules, such as not feeding your pet when they arrive. If nicotine and alcohol will be consumed in your home this Halloween, be extra vigilant to keep these items out of your pet’s reach. These substances can be highly toxic—even deadly—to animals.
While a carved jack-o-lantern certainly is festive, pets can easily knock over a lit pumpkin and start a fire. Curious kittens are especially at risk of getting burned or singed by candle flame. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered relatively nontoxic, but can produce stomach discomfort in pets who nibble on them.
TRICK OR TREATERS
If you plan giving out candy to trick-or-treaters, keep your pet away from the door. Pets have a way of slipping out unnoticed, so make sure your pet always wears their identification tags and consider having your pet microchipped if you haven't already. Animals can also get stressed with the hustle and bustle of guests, trick-or-treaters and increased activity at home. Give them a quiet, stress-free, room where they can be removed the extra excitement of the holiday.
Long, summer days are here and with COVID-19 restrictions still looming around, we are all looking forward more than ever to spending time outside with our furry companions. Just be careful to not spend too much time outdoors. Hot weather can spell danger for your pet in the form of heat stroke, dehydration, and sun burns.
Keep Walks To Early Morning or Late Evening
Getting your daily walk in with your pet is still a great idea, but make sure you choose early mornings or late evenings rather that walking in the middle of the day. Remember that you can change your clothes to help adjust for the weather, but your pet cannot. Even pets who exercise regularly are susceptible to heat stroke. Another important factor to consider is the temperature of the pavement when the day is hottest. In 77 degree weather, pavement that has been sitting in the sun can reach 125 degrees. Pet insurance provider Pet Plan put together this infographic which suggests as a rule of thumb to put your hand on the pavement for 7 seconds before heading out with your furry companion. If it's too hot for your hand, its too hot for your pet.
Keep Them Hydrated
Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so make sure that your pet has access to fresh water and shade at all times. Its important to keep exercising to a minimum and bring your pet inside during the hottest part of the day.
Keep Them Home When You Go Out
Never, ever leave your pet alone in a parked vehicle. Between 2018-2019 over 82 pets died due to being left in hot cars - all of these deaths were preventable. On a sunny day with 70 degree weather, the inside of a vehicle can get to 104 degrees in about 30 minutes. After another hour, it can reach 113. Dogs cannot sweat and their bodies break down quickly in high temperatures. Cars heat up quickly even with the windows cracked and sometimes its just a matter of minutes before a companion succumbs to heat stroke.
Keep An Eye Out For Heat Stroke
All breeds of pets can suffer from heat stroke, however, some breeds are more susceptible than others. Large dogs, dogs with short faces shuch as Bull Dogs and Boxers, dogs who are overweight or have long coats are most at risk. Signs of heat stroke that you can watch out for include excessive panting, increased heart and respiratory rate, lethargy, stumbling, dark or bright red gums and tongue. If you suspect heat stroke, take your pet to the vet immediately. Even if you cool down your pet, heat stroke can cause internal damage to the brain, heart, kidneys and respiratory system that is not apparent immediately.
We want you to have a wonderful summer that is filled with happy memories with your pet. Have fun and be safe!
If you are in our area and have concerns about your pet's health, our caring and knowledgeable vets are here to help. You can reach us at 281-970-0601.
Fleas live on your pet's body. Dogs and cats can get fleas from their mother (when they are young), from another dog, or from their environment. When infected, your pet might bite or scratch himself frequently. Severe allergic reactions from flea bites can include Flea Allergic Dermatitis, which can show up as encrusted lesions on the skin. Not only can fleas cause dermatitis, but they can also transmit diseases to other animals and humans, such as tapeworm.
If your pet has fleas, it is important to treat both your pet and his environment. Flea season can last several months and there are several ways to combat fleas. From washing your pet's bedding and deep cleaning, to utilizing a treatment and preventative that is veterinarian approved, you can help your dog or cat to get relief from fleas.
Pets are most likely to pick up ticks in wooded area in the summer and spring. Bites from certain types of ticks can cause irritation and infection at the point where the tick attaches to the pet's skin and can transmit diseases including Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease. Tick infestations can lead to anemia, weight loss, paralysis, and even death.
Parasite prevention products for fleas and ticks, like Bravecto, can work effectively to eliminate pests living on your dog or cat within hours. We recommend partnering with your veterinarian to determine the best course of treatment for your pet.
Mange Mites & Ear Mites
Mange mites are tiny organisms not visible to the naked eye. They live on your pet's skin or in hair follicles and they lay their eggs under the skin. As your pet scratches and rubs, the skin becomes dry and thickened leading to hair loss and hardened crusty patches. It is highly contagious to both animals and humans and must be treated by a veterinarian promptly.
Ear mites will cause your pet to scratch their ears or shake their head. You can tell if your pet has ear mites by checking the ears for dark earwas or specks resembling dried blood or coffee grounds. Ear mites can cause ear infections and are also highly contagious to other animals. Treatment will require veterinary care.
Ringworm is caused by a fungus and will appear on your dog's or cat's skin as round, bare patches on the skin. If your pet has ringworm, avoid contact with other animals as ringworm is highly contagious and can be transmitted to other animals and humans. Your veterinarian can treat ringworm with medication.
Seeking Veterinary Care
Even the best cared pet can get ill from time-to-time. Changes in behavior can be early indicators of illness. If your dog or cat exhibits changes, or other unusual symptoms, contact your veterinarian for guidance and care:
Do you live in Cypress, Tx or the surrounding areas? We are happy to help! Give us a call at 281-970-0601 or make an appointment conveniently online.
Thank you for your continued support during these unprecedented times. Your unconditional support has been a blessing and meant everything to our family and our staff! We will continue to inform you of changes via email and through our social media pages.
NEW HOURS OF OPERATION
Starting May 4th, our hours of operation will change to the following:
Mon: 7:30am - 6pm
Tues: 7:30am - 6pm
Wed: 7:30am - 6pm
Thurs: 7:30am - 12pm
Fri: 7:30am - 6pm
Sat: 8:00am - 12pm (by appointment only until further notice)
EMERGENCY SERVICES UPDATE
We have been thankful to partner with Blue Pearl for after hours emergeny care. At this time, Blue Pearl will not be open to see patients. We have taken time and careful consideration to select a new facility to partner with in order for our patients to receive the same level of attention and care they deserve. Moving forward, we will be partnering with ANIMAL ER of NORTHWEST HOUSTON, located on 27104 HWY 290 in Cypress.
As the state lifts some of the COVID-19 restrictions, some people have cheered sighs of relief to be able to return to work, yet some are still hesitant to go out and are incredibly nervous. This is a sensitive time and we know that. Please be assured that we understand the importance of making sure your beloved pet receives the care they need with giving you all the peace of mind that we will continue to take every precaution to reduce the risk of spread to our clients and staff.
If you have any concerns, you may contact us by phone, email, or through our social media channels.
We thank you for your patience and all the love. If you would like to schedule an appointment, you may do so by calling 281-970-0601 or going online. Please continue supporting local businesses and thank you for trusting us with your pet's care.
Dr. Rusty Tracy, Dr. Tanner Tracy, and the Tracy Animal Hospital Staff
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