Bags of candy, jack o’ lanterns, your scariest costume, and…pet safety? Is pet safety on your to-do list this Halloween? It definitely should be. While the season of witches and ghouls is right around the corner, toxic treats and other risks to pets can soon follow without the right precautions.
Halloween is a great time for kids of all ages. Tricks and treats abound! To take the spooky out of the season, Town and Country Animal Hospital wants to help you create the best time for your fur friend (without all the scares).
Tips on Treats
There’s nothing like chocolate bars and candies to cast a delightful spell over most of us. Unfortunately, these tasty bags of sweet treats will likely intrigue our pets. Items such as chocolate, Xylitol (a sugar substitute found in sugar-free candies), macadamia nuts, raisins, and grapes all prove to be highly toxic for animals.
You may have heard that we are proud at Town & Country Animal Hospital to be AAHA accredited. Even though that may sound impressive, many people don’t know what that means. Read on to learn about AAHA accreditation and what it means for you and your four-legged family member.
AAHA stands for the American Animal Hospital Association, a group established in 1933 that has dedicated itself to ensuring the highest quality of care for pets.
AAHA accredits veterinary hospitals according to its over 900 standards. Hospitals are only accredited when they can demonstrate compliance and are subject to periodic onsite inspections completed every three years. Only about 15 percent of small animal hospitals across the United States and Canada can say that they comply!
Each year, you may get a reminder from your doctor that it’s time for your annual physical. These pet exams are often the first time changes in health or underlying illnesses are identified, making them essential to preventive medicine.
The same is true for well pet exams. Because pets age much more rapidly than humans, these exams are integral to slowing the effects of age, as well as offering supportive care for a lifetime of emotional and physical well-being.
What’s Included in the Exam?
What’s covered during your pet’s wellness exam depends on a few factors – namely age, current health status, and whether you’ve reported any changes or problems in your pet’s condition.
Wellness care is categorized by life stage: puppy/kitten, adult, and senior. Each life stage requires different types of care and attention that shape your pet’s needs. This includes nutritional support, exercise modifications, and additional testing for certain diseases that coincide with age. Continue…
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