Preparing pets for Halloween

By Karen Fazio, CDBC

preparing pets for halloween

Each Halloween our pets witness very weird situations… Adults and children begin sprouting objects from their bodies (hats, cloaks, sticks, candy bags), friendly faces morph into strangers (masks and makeup), and they hear all sorts of odd sounds. One of the spookiest experiences for most is the monsters (trick-or-treaters) who threaten to enter the pet’s homes (approach the front door) unless they are shooed away by their owners (give them candy).

Halloween is a fun thrill for most of us, but it can be a really scary experience for a lot of household pets. This is especially true if these pets weren’t exposed to similar experiences while preparing pets for Halloween in a pleasant way when they were puppies or kittens. For example, during the socialization period (8- 12-weeks for dogs, 2-7 weeks for cats) a pet who was played with or handed treats by children during a Halloween party may never be frightened of costumed youngsters as an adult. However, if the pet wasn’t afforded proper socialization, it will likely grow up to be terrified or even aggressive in response to such experiences.

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The Best Pet Apps for Busy Pet Parents

apps for petsFrom managing grocery lists to tracking blood pressure, there seems to be an app for everything. So it’s no surprise to find many cool pet apps out there for owners who are “plugged in” at all times.

The team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital checked out some of the latest and greatest pet apps on the market and offer a list of some of our favorites.

Pet Apps for Health and Safety

Understandably, the apps that top our list encourage you to keep your four-legged as safe and healthy as possible. These apps include:

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Why Do Dogs Eat Grass? Is It Harmful?

dogs eat grassWhen it comes to the animal kingdom, dogs probably rank last when it comes to having a discriminating palate. Let’s face it, we’ve seen dogs ingest some pretty gross things. So when it comes to why dogs eat grass, it’s not the most unusual of entrees your pet may choose to nosh on… but it may raise some questions.

Certainly, there are a multitude of things we don’t want our canine friends to imbibe in, such as toxic plants, lawn and garden chemicals, and medications. But what about regular grass? Is this normal? Is it OK?

Let’s take a closer look!

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