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By eyotaveteri28288700, Oct 30 2018 02:12PM

Halloween may be a great time for people who love to dress up and go door to door trick-or-treating, but most pets aren't quite fond of this holiday as us humans are. Ringing doorbells, strange costumes, little kids and spooky decorations can all make this event fearful for our pets. It's important to keep your pet's peace of mind, health and also safety when planning for this holiday. Let's take a look at some tips to make Halloween enjoyable for everyone in the household!

Costumes -

~Having your pet wear a costume is cute, but for some, it can be annoying or even make them feel scared. Make sure the costume of choice (or any kind of clothing) is not too tight.

~It is a good idea to let the pet wear the costume for 15-30min several days leading up to Halloween. That way he / she is more use to it.

~Paint should never be used directly on the animal.

~Some animals may try to eat parts of the costume. Always keep an eye on them!

~If the costume involves wearing a mask, just make sure your pet's vision is unrestricted.

Home Sweet Home -

~During trick-or-treating, or Halloween parties, pets can get scared and possibly run out the open door. This leaves them at risk for getting lost or even hit by a car. When in doubt, and if you're not sure how your pet will react, it is best to put them in their crate or even in their own room away from the commotion.

The Goodies -

~Toxicity can be a big concern for pets on Halloween. Usually cats are not interested in candy, but dogs can eat a large amount of it in a short period of time - yikes! Most of the times it's enough to make an Emergency trip to the vet clinic.

~Remind your family and friends to not give the animals any kind of treats (candy and chocolate etc) that may harm them.

~Emergency vet clinics see a large increase in chocolate toxicity during this holiday.

Trick-or-treating With Your Dog -

~Always use reflective gear.

~Keep your dog safe from sudden moves from children, and always be aware of your surroundings and other unfamiliar pets.

~If your gut tells you that your dog is not ready to go out, and may not have the right temperment for this, leave he / she at home.

Cobwebs, Candles and Whiskers -

~Keep pets away from candles and jack-o'-lanterns.

~Keep animals away from candle wax, especially those curios feline friends!

~Decorative cobwebs can potentially be a choking hazard for your pet, use caution!

Happy Halloween everyone!

By eyotaveteri28288700, Oct 12 2018 04:30PM

Did you know that ticks are also active in the cooler months - not just the spring / summer time? This is why we reccomend keeping your four-legged furry friend on preventatives all year long. To help better understand this better, take a look at this great article from Pet Health Network.

By eyotaveteri28288700, Jul 20 2018 07:51PM

We are going to begin offering preventative bloodwork screening for all of our patients at Eyota Veterinary Clinic! We have previously offered this bloodwork to our senior patients (7 years and older), but now we will also have a panel for our junior patients (ages 1-7 years)! This general bloodwork will allow us to track trends in your pet's complete blood count and chemistry values each year throughout their lifetime, so we can better access their overall health and internal organ function. This article does a great job of explaining one of the new kidney chemistry values we can now analyze in our clinic, called SDMA. Be sure to ask us any questions you may have when we bring up the preventative wellness bloodwork at your pet's annual visit!

By eyotaveteri28288700, Oct 16 2017 04:06PM

Did you know that fleas can still be actively seeking a host even when air temperatures are just above freezing? This is just one of many reasons to keep your furry friends on flea and tick preventative all year long. Stopping flea and tick preventative in the cooler months is the main reason why we see the reinfestation occur.

Fleas are very particular and will seek out almost any warm-bodied host, such as, dogs, cats, raccoons and even opossums. Warm shelters like a garage or your home are also appealing to fleas. An adult flea can enter a state of inactivity for up to five months. However, temperatures below 37.4 degrees F will kill them. This is the main reason why the adult fleas search for warm, areas to lay their eggs, in which will emerge during the warmer months.

The adult female flea will live on it's host (such as your pet) for several weeks. During this time a bloodmeal is provided to her from a dog or cat and she will lay 20-30 eggs each day - she may lay several hundred over her life span. These tiny eggs will fall off the host and land almost anywhere. Common areas include bedding, carpet and small cracks in the floor.

The absolute best way to kill fleas is to prevent them in the first place! Even in the cooler months it's important to keep you pets on flea and tick preventative. Skipping one or two months of the preventative could cause an unwanted infestation in your home. Another great way to keep the fleas away is to frequently vacuum the areas in which your pet spends a lot of time, and to wash any pet bedding in hot water.

With year round prevention, fleas can easily be prevented. Stop into our clinic today and ask our knowledgeable staff about our variety of flea and tick products we have on hand. From topicals to chewables, we can all make sure your pet is good to go for the upcoming seasons!