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Happy Halloween!

452x3391Most of us love taking part in the frightening festivities that are all a part of Halloween. Whether it’s dressing up, decorating the house or just enjoying the candies, it’s important to remember there may be one member of the family who doesn’t feel the same;  your pet.  Halloween can be a stressful time for your pet and can put them at risk from a number of potential hazards.

If you are decorating and creating your own haunted mansion it is important to consider where you place things. Pumpkins and candles are popular choices however they can be a risky fire hazard if an excited or curious pet accidentally knocks one over.  Make sure they are placed where your pet can’t get at them.

If you are excited to dress your pet in a cute or scary costume make sure wearing it is not causing them any distress or restricting their movement. Your pet can easily become entangled causing injuries or even strangulation.  Costumes with rubber bands should be avoided as they can irritate and dig into your pet’s skin.  If your pet is becoming agitated they may be inclined to chew at the costume and possibly swallow dangerous foreign bodies.  If you do dress your pet up make sure they are comfortable and don’t leave them unattended.

Excited trick-or-treaters can be intimidating for your pet. Excessive noise and large groups in spooky costumes can cause them to become stressed and anxious.  Keeping your pet in a quiet, separate room with some of their favourite toys can keep them calm and occupied.  It can also reduce the risk of them slipping out while the front door is open.

Chocolate and candies can be extremely toxic for cats and dogs. Plastic wrappers are a potential choking hazard or could leave them with a very upset stomach. Make sure that all the loot brought home from a fun night of trick-or-treating is kept out of reach and offer them a pet friendly alternative instead.  Have fun but make sure your pet is safe and happy too!

Thank-you from Mr.T

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Mr.T’s favorite new t-shirt

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Mr. T with his new quilt and stuffy.

Mr. T continues to improve.  Being confined to a kennel is not easy for any animal but he has adjusted well and relishes the attention he gets from our staff.   We have him right up in our treatment area so he gets to see the daily comings and goings at the hospital.  We have had a few interested people stop in to see him and he loves all the attention.  As well as coming to meet him a few people have dropped off some toys and clothes for him.  It can be a cold winter when you don’t have any hair so everything he has been given is greatly appreciated.  We will be giving it all to his future owner when it comes time for him to leave us and go to his forever home.  One talented client makes doggie quilts and donated one to him so he has a special place to cuddle up.  We would sincerely like to thank everyone who has donated cash to help with offsetting the costs of his surgery.  It won’t be too long now and we will be selecting the lucky family who will be adopting this special little guy.  If you think you may be interested we are still accepting applications for his adoption but don’t wait too long as he is anxious to get into his new home.