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Halloween Safety

It’s a spooky time of year, and our pets want to join in the fun, too! While we get excited about disguising our pet in fun costumes, here are some things to keep in mind as Halloween festivities approach.

Candy is not to share with your furry friends. 
This one likely seems very obvious to you. And while we don’t plan to feed candy to our pets, if it’s left out, they can get into it. Just remember to keep candy out of reach.

Trick or Treaters mean extra traffic at your door.
It’s exciting to see what cute costumes kids are going to wear this year, and though we want to show off the costumes our furry ‘kids’ are wearing, extra knocking, door-bell ringing, and people at your house can be stressful for your pets. To keep everyone extra happy, try to find a safe, quiet place to keep your pet for the evening.

Keep your pets indoors. 
Halloween can be a time for pranks, stealing and other potentially harmful activities. If you are planning to be away from home that night, keep your pets indoors if at all possible, especially cats.

Keep your outdoor cats inside several days before and several days after Halloween.
Black cats are especially at risk from pranks or other cruelty-related incidents. In fact, many shelters do not adopt out black cats during the month of October as a safety precaution.

Keep Halloween plants such as pumpkins and corn out of reach.
Although they are relatively nontoxic, such plants can induce gastrointestinal upset should your pets ingest them in large quantities. Intestinal blockage can even occur if large pieces are swallowed.

Don’t keep lit pumpkins around pets.
Should they get too close, they run the risk of burning themselves or knocking it over and causing a fire.

Keep wires and electric light cords out of reach.
If chewed, your pet could cut himself or herself on shards of glass or plastic, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

If your pet isn’t loving the costume – ditch it.
Let’s be honest, some pets aren’t in to the costume thing. If you get the sense that they really aren’t digging the pirate hat or princess dress, you should probably take it off.

Make sure your pet is wearing a form of ID!
Whether you are bringing your dog out with you, or leaving your cat or dog at home, ensuring they have a proper form of identification is crucial. Providing your pet with a collar tagged with their name and your contact information is the first step, and we highly recommend ensuring your pet has a microchip, or permanent form of identification.

You can get a microchip for your pet at any The Corner Vet clinic for only $40! That’s a small price to pay to get you beloved furry kid home safe.

Have a happy and safe Halloween

Best Pet Bakeries in Texas

Our pets love delicious home-baked treats just as much as we do and several entrepreneurs in Texas have stepped up to the plate to meet the demand. Here are a few of our favorites!

Lucky Dog Barkery

Catering specifically to dogs, Lucky Dog Barkery features delicious-looking treats along with an impressive toy selection, cozy beds, and very fashionable collars and apparel. The ‘barkery’ is located in Dallas, Texas. Check out their video for a taste of what they offer. Per their website, humans are welcome to tag along.

Doggie Express

Treat your furry pal without having to leave the house! Along with their goods being sold in several retail locations, Doggie Express sends drool-worthy treats such as Bacon Woofins right to your front door. Is Fido’s birthday? Doggie Express has you covered with “Bones Day” birthday cakes. Your pet will have a new appreciation for the mail man.

Three Dog Bakery

Baking goodies since 1989,  Three Dog Bakery is located in Fort Worth, Texas, and offers an amazing selection of all kinds of creative dog treats. When they first rescued their pup, Gracie, they found that her tummy was too sensitive for the available store-bought treats. So they did the logical thing and started making homemade yummies. They have been baking ever since. Despite their name, they also make delicious tidbits for feline friends.

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Bicycling with Pets

Bike rides can be amazingly fun for your pet as well as a great way for the whole family to get exercise! As with any activity, taking safety precautions ensures that both you and your pet have a great time.

Before heading out, it’s important to assess what option is going to be best for your pet. Are they a bulldog with short legs and a short nose? Do they trouble breathing? Are elderly or overweight? Be sure to take your pet’s frame and overall health into consideration when deciding on what type of bike ride would be best for them.

Jogger Kits

Once you’ve confirmed your dog is good to go for a trot-along bike ride, here are a few products that will ensure their safety. A jogger kit allows your dog to trot beside you while remaining safely leashed. If your dog has the tendency to bolt, you may want to practice in your yard or in a closed-in park to get your pet used to the activity.

Baskets

Bike carriers/baskets are a great option for small, lightweight dogs. There are basic baskets that attach to the front or rear of your bicycle. Some come equipped with lead attachments to safely secure your pet. Others feature a cover that prevents your pet from falling or jumping out of the basket during your adventures.

Trailers

If jogger kits aren’t suitable for your pet and they’re too heavy for a basket, trailers are a perfect option. Trailers are a comfortable option for elderly dogs or breeds that have short legs and noses. Some trailers can accommodate dogs up to 110 lbs.  

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When Disaster Strikes

Keeping Pets Safe During & After Hurricane Harvey

When a natural disaster strikes, our news feeds are filled with heartbreaking stories of loss. The human toll is almost incomprehensible, but we also think of the four-legged family members displaced and in danger. Injured and sick pets may not receive immediate medical care due to transportation difficulties, damage sustained to veterinary hospitals, and  limits on the personnel available to help during large natural disasters. 

The following are first aid tips for dogs and cats until veterinary care is possible:

  • Flood waters bring the possibility of toxins dangerous to humans and pets. If at all possible, do not allow pets to drink or swim in flood waters. 
  • Be aware of any sharp objects brought into your area by flood waters. Sharp metal and wood hiding in murky water can cause significant injury. 
  • Do not tie up dogs or cats to fences or stationary objects in the house as this may cause them to hurt themselves or be trapped in harm’s way. 
  • Provide fresh or boiled water if possible for drinking water. Cats should drink 1 cup of water per day; dogs should drink 1-2 cups of water per 10 pounds of body weight per day. 
  • If you pet’s regular diet is not available, feed them bland food such as rice or potatoes and mix in fruit, vegetables, or protein as it is available. This diet is not sustainable long term but will help in the short term until help is available. 
  • If the pet is experiencing vomiting or diarrhea, this is common due to stress, diet change, or ingestion of contaminated water. If the pet is vomiting, allow them 4-6 hours with no food or water, then slowly reintroduce food and water in small amounts. If the vomiting does not return, off small, frequent meals. If the animal is having diarrhea, ensure they have a source of clean water and encourage them to continue eating, so they do not become dehydrated. 
  • Allow animals some space if they need it. Our pets get stressed just like us and need a safe place. If possible, create an area where dogs and cats can be left alone and feel protected. This safe space can be in a crate or small room. 
  • If an animal sustains a wound, pour clean water over the wounded area to superficially clean surface debris; it is painful to the pet to scrub wounds. If you are unable to seek immediate care, you can place some water-soluble lubricant over the wound (which keeps tissues moist and will aid in cleaning the wound later.). Then cover the wound with a non-stick dressing followed by a towel, saran wrap, a sock, or bandage material to prevent further contamination. 

If your pet is acting sick or has injuries, pet owners can monitor vital signs to help them determine if emergency care is needed. Owners can track their pet’s vital signs and look for trends or changes that alert them to a worsening situation. 

  • HEART RATE: 80-140 beats/min dogs; 140/200 beats/min cats 
    • You can feel for the pet’s heartbeat through their chest or by feeling for a femoral pulse on the inside of their back leg. Fear, pain, dehydration, difficulty breathing, and blood loss can all cause an elevated hear rate. If your pet has a sustained heart rate higher than 160 beats per minute in a dog or 220 beats per minute in a cat, medical care may be required. 
  • BREATHING RATE: 12-36 breaths/min dogs and cats
    • Also look at how much effort it takes for the animal to breathe. Listen for any noise with breathing. Watch for any posturing to breathe easier. If your pet is in respiratory distress keep them calm and comfortable until medical help is available. 
  • GUM COLOR
    • Lift the animal’s lip to see their gum color – pink is normal. Low blood pressure or blood loss can lead to pale or white gums. Blue/gray/lavender gums mean low oxygen.
  • CAPILLARY REFILL TIME:
    • Press lightly on the gums or inside of the lip. The tissue will turn white, followed by a return o color within one to two seconds. If the return to color takes longer than two second, the animal may be dehydrated, have low blood pressure, or low body temperature. 

Remember that if you are evacuating with your pet to bring proof of vaccines and a photo of you and your pet together in the event you are separated. Animals bring us great joy and comfort in times of sorrow, and we want yours to remain healthy and happy and with their family. 

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Annual Blood Work

Blood work is an important tool for disease screening in pets. Even the happiest dog or spryest cat can have hidden medical issues that could get worse if left untreated. Blood work helps your vet diagnose an issue early on and most often in the most treatable stage. 

Routine blood tests include the following:

  • Screening of red and white blood cell counts gives us an idea of your pet’s blood type and the number of each type of cell.  For example, a high white blood cell count could indicate chronic inflammation, an infection, or other another disease process. A low red blood cell count could indicate anemia.  
  • A blood chemistry profile is completed to evaluate kidney and liver function, blood sugar, and protein levels.

We highly recommend annual blood work for younger pets, and as often as every 6 months in older pets. Regular blood work helps your vet identify any changes from the previous results so that they can better identify health problems in the early stages. 

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