Soundside Animal Hospital Blog
Halloween is a time for the little ones to dress up in their scariest attire and enjoy the “tricks and treats” of this spooky night. While this sounds like fun for the whole family, your furry family members may not enjoy this ghastly night of ghouls. In fact, many pets not only find this night of fright anxiety- and stress-inducing, but they can also be at risk for indulging in all of the poisonous-to-pets “treats” that abound.
Sunshine, warmth, and pristine beaches are among the many reasons people flock to our little beach community. We may love the Florida warmth and water, but for pets it can be a different story. Keeping our four-legged family members safe from the dangers associated with water, high temperatures, and humidity should be on the agenda all year long, which is why we’ve compiled our top summer pet safety tips in one place!
We know that your pet’s safety and well-being is important to you. Most of us pride ourselves in providing for our pet’s physical and emotional needs, but many of us fall short when it comes to planning for the unexpected, including being prepared for our pet’s safety during an emergency situation.
A night sky filled with dazzling fireworks or illuminated by an arc of lightning, followed by a boom of thunder, are enjoyable parts of summer for many of us, but our pets probably feel differently.
Noise anxiety in pets is common among the four-legged set, and it can reach its peak during the summer months. For some pets, noise anxiety can develop into a full-blown phobia, resulting in a variety of destructive, repetitive behaviors, such as barking, chewing, and even self-injury.
As responsible pet owners, we do everything we can to prevent our furry friends from becoming separated from us. Despite our most conscientious efforts, however, it only takes a moment for a pet to slip out of a door or gate that’s accidentally left open, or any of the countless other situations in which our pets could potentially go missing.
Mosquitoes come with the territory in hot, humid Florida, but that doesn’t mean we have to like them or the diseases they can spread. Sure, entomologists may be able to proclaim some far-fetched advantages to having these insects around, but the transmission of heartworm disease will never be one of them.
We all want to take the best possible care of our pets, from choosing the right food to daily exercise and regular wellness checkups. Flea and tick prevention is another important component of responsible pet ownership, and one that’s also easy to overlook.
When considering your pet’s overall health, it may seem realistic to isolate the mouth from the whole body. After all, what does a little plaque and tartar have to do with other parts of the body?
They may seem like different planets in a solar system, but the fact remains: poor pet dental health is very closely linked to compromised immunity and inflammation throughout the entire body. Gum disease is a real threat, not only to the strength of the teeth, but it can become a menace to your pet’s health.
If maintaining or improving your pet’s dental health isn’t one of your New Year’s resolutions, it should be! Good dental hygiene is a cornerstone of your pet’s health and wellness, and you can have a big influence in this area.
Oral health begins with at-home pet dental care. Even if you’ve never considered the health of your dog or cat’s pearly whites, it’s never too late to start!
During this time of holly-jolly joy, a lot of us love to include our pets in all the festivities. The question to keep in mind is how we can celebrate the season safely with our paw pals. By following these easy, seasonal pet safety tips, you’ll be gearing up for some great pet-friendly fun in no time!
Keeping Seasonal Pet Safety at the Top of Your List
While there are numerous potential dangers that come with allowing your pet near the holiday tree or feast, the following are some of the most hazardous situations to keep in mind.
Ornaments and Poisonous Presents
If you have a feisty cat or far-too-curious pup, you probably already know that no decoration is safe around him or her. Breakable ornaments, lit candles, toxic plants, and presents containing toxic foods are common safety hazards. Tree tinsel is particularly dangerous for felines. Stash the string and make sure all ornaments are pet-proof. Place presents with unknown contents out of reach. Continue…