Halloween is a popular holiday across the U.S. and especially in Alexandria where pets can be seen trick or treating up and down King street at local merchants. It can also be a stressful and even a dangerous holiday for pets. Awareness and planning will help your pets stay safe. Here are some safety tips:
Keep candy and goodies out of reach. Keep pets away from candy bowls to avoid accidental ingestion of chocolate, which can be toxic to dogs and cats. Also beware of candy wrappers, which can be hazardous if swallowed.
Be careful with costumes. Only dress-up your pet if he is receptive to it. If he isn’t happy, take it off. Masks can cut off peripheral vision, making a dog or cat nervous. Even the best behaved dog or cat can get upset when he can’t see what’s coming from the side. Inspect the costume and remove any small or dangling pieces that could become a choking hazard.
- Make sure candles are out of reach. Even if you think your pet won’t get at the candles, they can be knocked over, and tails & fur can quickly ignite. Use a safety glowstick or flashlight instead.
- Keep pets inside in a safe room of your house. Keep pets inside in a closed room, or use a gate to contain them so they don’t run out when you open the door to trick-or-treaters. Give your pets toys or treats to keep them occupied. Better yet, greet trick-or-treaters outside to avoid excessive knocking.
- Walking your dog. Make sure the dog can’t back out of his collar. Your dog may get nervous seeing the unusual costumes. Put a harness on your dog if you can. Verify these instructions with your pet sitting service provider if they come during this time.
Make sure you consider your pets’ personality and how they will react to the different situations. Do what will keep your pet safe and happy.
Have fun and Happy Howl-o-ween!
Did you know that pumpkin is good for dogs? Pumpkin is both nutritious and low in calories. In fact, pure canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix) is a good source of fiber and is often recommended as a dietary addition for a dog suffering from constipation.
Anya is coming up on her SEVEN month anniversary at the shelter and we need your help to find this pretty, orange kitty a forever home. Her adoption is fee-waived, and her adopter will get a fabulous, full-sized cat tower and a gift bag, full of goodies for Anya to enjoy. Anya is 12-years-old and is very friendly and loving. We can’t figure out why she’s waited so long! Please share to help Anya get home. To read about Anya and all our available cats, visit www.petango.com/fairfaxcountyanimalshelter
There are a number of ”core” vaccines and “non-core” vaccines that are recommended for your cat. See below for what vaccines are a must have:
- PANLEUKOPENIA (FPV) : Also known as feline distemper, panleukopenia attacks the body’s red blood cells in the intestines and bone marrow.
- RABIES: This is perhaps the deadliest and most highly communicable virus a cat can get.
- CALICIVIRUS (FCV): This common virus causes upper respiratory distress and is one of the major causes of the common cold in cats.
- FELINE VIRAL RHINOTRACHEITIS (FVR): This infectious disease is caused by feline herpesvirus type-1. It is one of the most common causes of upper respiratory disease and conjunctivitis.
Denny is an amazing sweet and playful youngster waiting for you… Ready for Halloween. If you want to meet Denny email email@example.com.
Fall Pet Fun
There are so many wonderful ways to spend quality time with your four-legged friends this fall. Whether you are out on a walk enjoying the season’s change, playing in the colorful leaves, or just enjoying the crisp outdoor air, it’s always a little more special with your pup at your side. Washington D.C. offers some of the most beautiful views of the slow change from vibrant green foliage to deep burgundy, purple, orange and gold leaves to be enjoyed by you and all the members of your family – including Fido! Washington D.C has several dog friendly trails to enjoy in the fall. Rock Creek Park in Washington D.C is a sprawling 1,754 acres and just north of the National Zoo. You can hike, horseback ride and even stop for a round of tennis. Bring your furry friend and enjoy the fall changes in this beautiful park. You can also check out Fort Dupont Park or the Mount Vernon Trail. For Dupont Park is a National Capital Park in the D.C. area perfect for a stroll, or even a great place to have your dog walker take your pup. The Mount Vernon Trail is a multi-use trail that will have crowd of dog walkers, runners, and cyclists on the path so be sure to exercise caution if your dog shows aggression towards other dogs or people. The capital Crescent Trail is another dog friendly fall hike location in Washington D.C. It is also one of the 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Many cyclists use the trail so try and head out with Fido when the cycling traffic is less heavy, such as mid-afternoon weekdays. This is also the perfect time to send a dog walker out to the trail. If you will be heading outdoors for fall fun make sure that your dog is well trained and responds to your commands even in the case of several distractions. It’s also essential that vaccinations are up to date and that they have a regime for tick prevention in place. Some even take a visit to the groomer before heading out for a heavily wooded walk. Washington D.C. offers great options for fall fun with your pet. Stay safe and enjoy the beautiful scenes this fall with you family and your pet. Take a hike, go for a run, play in the leaves and stay active. Washington D.C is a beautiful place to walk your dog.
In the Fall many pets can develop allergies. If your pet starts itching he may have an allergy. A quick visit to the vet can determine a solution. Keep leaves raked and cut grass if you think this may be the cause of the problem.
Also, in early fall, pets begin to shed their summer coat. That means more vacuuming Make time to brush you pet weekly to help alleviate some of the unwanted hair in your home.
Get out and enjoy the beautiful fall weather!