Happy HOWLoween: Halloween Pet Safety Tips

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Fall is one of my favorite times of the year, especially in Texas. The weather is getting cooler, the leaves are changing color, and the best holidays are about to begin! First up on the holiday list is… HALLOWEEN! I love seeing all the cute kids in the neighborhood dressed up in their costumes, but even more so, I love seeing how people dress up their pets! For example, my dachshund mix will be a hot dog this year… Stereotypical, I know, but he looks so cute! Although this holiday is fun and exciting, there are some threats to your pets that you should be aware of. Below are some great tips to reduce the risk of harm to your fur babies this holiday.

 

 

  1. Costumes
Frozen

Frozen

 

The first Halloween pet safety tip deals with their outfits! If you are putting your dog or cat in a costume, make sure that it fits properly! I know this sounds strange, but if there is a strap that goes across their chest, it may restrict their breathing if it is too tight. Also, you want to make sure that they aren’t stressed out about having some out of the norm clothing on them. On top of this potential stress, make sure to supervise them just in case they decide to destroy the costume. Your dog or cat could either get tangled and injure themselves or consume parts of the costume.

 

2. Trick

TRICK or treat

TRICK or treat

Do you have a protective or shy pooch? If you’re taking them on a walk while kids are trick-or-treating, make sure to keep a watchful eye on them. Your pet may get spooked from the screaming kids or seeing dogs and humans alike in costumes that they are not used to seeing. One of my dogs that I rescued gets scared very easily. Just the other day, I had a towel in my hair after a shower and she wouldn’t come near me!

Are your dog’s your personal alarm system and doorbell? Mine are! So when the doorbell rings, and there are some strangers in costumes and masks at the door, your dogs could react by running away or acting defensively. So just use caution when opening your door when your pets are near.

 

3. Or Treat

Trick or TREAT

Trick or TREAT

 

One of the most obvious threats to your pets on Halloween is all of the chocolate and candy that’s up for the grabbing! There is a pretty decent chance that your dog may get their paws on some chocolate at one point or another. We should all know by now that chocolate (or the cocoa found in chocolate) is poisonous to both dogs and cats, but did you know that candy is also very dangerous? Most candy has a chemical known as Xylitol that is used to sweeten, when it is consumed by dogs and cats it can lower the blood sugar or even cause live failure. Also keep in mind that the darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it will be for your pets. This is because it likely has a higher cocoa content than lighter chocolates (milk chocolate, white chocolate)Foils from candy wrappers and lollipop sticks are also dangerous if consumed because they can get stuck in the stomach or GI tract. If you don’t think you’ll be able to keep your pet away from these dangers, then you could potentially keep them in a separate part of your home. Another concern that you wouldn’t think of is raisins! These are one of the most poisonous foods to dogs and can cause kidney failure. If your dog has consumed any raisins, grapes, or currents, it is essential that you get in contact with your vet, the Pet Poison Helpline (   http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/   ), or get them to an emergency hospital.

 

4. Holiday Decorations

Decorations

Decorations

 

Fake spiders and their webs are exciting new toys for your cats to play with, but these decorations could obstruct the GI tract and seriously harm your pet. Use caution when decorating your house for ANY holiday! I know that my cat loves to play “soccer” with any loose object and it will forever be lost. Also bear in mind that carved pumpkins can cause a couple of hazards:

  1. Your pet could knock it over and a fire could start if there is a lit candle inside.
  2. They could decide to EAT the pumpkin and cause some upset stomach. This might shock some because we know that pureed pumpkin is commonly used to ease upset stomach. However, too much of a good thing isn’t great!

 

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Beanie Baby
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Would you like to read more helpful tips and tricks to keep your pets safe during the Halloween season? Check out these good reads:

http://patch.com/california/losgatos/tips-how-keep-your-pets-safe-halloween

http://dogs.about.com/od/caringfordogsandpuppies/qt/halloweensafety.htm

http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/blog/index.php/holidays/how-to-keep-your-pet-safe-on-halloween/#.Vij6Nmco6Uk

http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/31/health/halloween-health-hazards/index.html

 

 

We hope you have a safe and spooky HOWLoween this year!!

 

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Cupcake

Closed Saturday Oct. 24

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Unfortunately, Long Meadow Veterinary Clinic will be closed tomorrow, Saturday October 24th, due to a death in the family. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, October 26 at 6:30AM. Our deepest gratitude goes out to everyone who have reached out to us during this time.

 

If your pet has an emergency while we are closed please get in contact with an emergency hospital. North Houston Vet Specialists (281)675-6000 or Sugar Land Vet Specialists and Emergency Care (281)491-7800 are both great places to visit.

 

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Pet Friendly Restaurants in the Houston Area

Now that the weather is finally beginning to cool down, our pets seem to enjoy spending more and more time outside. You yourself have probably been enjoying sitting outside to eat your meals, but would make these meals more enjoyable? Having your dog right at your feet enjoying the season!

 

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Picture via www.nautidawg.com

 

We’ve compiled a list of some of the pet friendly restaurants in the Houston area for you and your pooch to enjoy on these blissful fall days.

 

 

  1. Antidote Café
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This trendy café is located in the Houston Heights! Your dogs are welcome to come visit them on leashes and enjoy their outside sitting area with some free, fresh and cold water! Website

 

2. Barnaby’s Café

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http://www.barnabyscafe.com/

 

This café located in River Oaks sounds like an oasis for dogs of all sizes! This place sounds great! Check out this review that someone left on their website:

 

“I needed to meet a prospective adopter. I was told that Barnaby’s was dog friendly so I thought I could give it a try. We went to Barnabys on Shepherd. A friend went early and secured a table in the shade. When I showed up with my Doberman in tow we were greeted by a very pleasant waiter who promptly brought water for me and a water bowl for my foster. Being June and hot I expected to be miserable while waiting for the adopter but with the large umbrellas and the very large fan it was quite pleasant. The waiter checked on us frequently. He brought my foster a doggie ice-cream which she thoroughly enjoyed. He quickly became her best friend and every time he pasted our table she would eagerly watch him. When the potential adopter showed up with his dog, a Doberman also, they got the same royal treatment. We ordered dinner and had a wonderful time chatting about dogs etc. There was a pug at the next table and a poodle across from us. The food was very good, the service was excellent and it was a very enjoyable experience. I would recommend it to anyone.”

 

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3. Beck’s Prime Restaurant on Kirby Rd.

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What dog wouldn’t love some fresh water and a little treat while out on an adventure? Stop by Beck’s Prime for a tasty burger on their nicely shaded outdoor patio. Website

 

4. No Label Brewing Co.

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https://www.facebook.com/NoLabelBrewing

 

This  unique local brewery is operating out of an old rice silo in Katy and love to meet all of your pups! They are open every Saturday from 12-3pm for tastings, food vendors, and some live local music.  So bring your own chairs, food, and other beverages to enjoy a nice afternoon outside with family and friends! Website

 

5. World of Beer

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http://worldofbeer.com/Locations/Katy

 

These next two restaurants are located in La Centerra in Katy and are great for people AND duck watching! World of Beer has a huge outdoor patio area great for hanging out during this great season. Website

 

6. Zoe’s Kitchen

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Also located in the bustling La Centerra in Cinco Ranch, this restaurant serves great Mediterranean style dishes wish a decent sized patio directly beside one of the lakes. Sit back and relax with your dog while you watch all the ducks waddle around. Website

 

Not enough suggestions? Here is a full list of all pet friendly restaurants in Texas, so no matter where you go, your dogs will be welcome somewhere! Website

Closed for the Weekend

Unfortunately, we will be closed from Friday (Oct. 16th)  to Monday (Oct. 19th), but we will reopen at 6:30 AM on Tuesday (Oct. 20th)! We apologize if this causes any problems in advance.

 

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Leave us a voicemail at (832)847-4170 or an email at info@longmeadowvetclinic.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible on Tuesday morning.

 

If there is an emergency while we are closed, please get in contact with an emergency center. Below are two hospitals that we strongly suggest for your pets:

Scare Away the Pounds Contest

Did you know that the number one nutritional disease affecting our pets is obesity? Over 54% of pets in the US alone are obese, which can have very detrimental effects on their health and overall wellness. Join us this October to increase awareness of obesity in pets and help get pets back on track to a healthier body condition.  Keep reading for some helpful ideas to “Scare Away the Pounds.”

 

So how do you know if your dog or cat is overweight? This helpful link asks questions that describe the overall appearance and behavior of obese pets. The diagram below is a helpful tool used by many to decipher the general body size and wellness of a dog or cat.

Which one does your pet look like?

Which one does your pet look like?

There are a number of steps that can be taken to get your fur baby back in shape! One of the primary steps is to check that they are getting a balanced diet. Their food bags will show the ideal amount of food to give for their weight. To prevent giving them too much food, scoop the food with a measuring cup. You can even split the food into smaller servings to help with weight loss.

 

Aside from changing the diet, exercise is key to maintain a healthy lifestyle! Take you pooch to the park to play fetch or if there isn’t a park near to you, try to take your dog out for a walk at least once a day! To take a typical walk up a notch, try doing intervals of walking, jogging and running. Not only will your dog love the change of pace, but you’ll get a bit of a workout in as well! Cats may be a bit more difficult to get active, so you may need to try out a few different exercises.  Use a cat laser or small flashlight and let your little hunter chase it around the room. Some cats love to jump, so using a toy that dangles from a string will be a great way to get them soaring!

 

For more tips and tricks of weight loss for your pets, go to the Hills Pet Nutrition website.

 

Contest Announcement:

For the month of October, we will be having a Scare Away the Pounds contest! When you purchase a bag or a case of cans of the Hills Metabolic feline or canine food, your name will be placed into a drawing to win a free bag/case of food! In addition, if you bring in your pet wearing a Halloween costume, you will win a free bag of Hills Metabolic treats! If your dressed up pet is overweight, their name will also be placed in the drawing for the free bag of food!

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