Halloween Candy and Pets (Trick or Treat)

Halloween Candy and Pets

As we all get ready for Halloween and buy lots of chocolate and candy to pass out to the trick or treater’s, please remember that chocolate and candy can be dangerous to our pets.  As we are probably all aware that dogs cannot have chocolate, but there is some chocolate that are worse than others.  Baker’s chocolate is the most dangerous.  It has the highest concentrations of caffeine and theobromines.  It only takes a small amount of Baker’s chocolate to be dangerous.  One ounce of baker’s chocolate in a 20 pound dog can cause seizures and needs immediate treatment.  In a 10 pound dog 3 ounces of milk chocolate can cause a rapid heart rate and potentially seizures which would require medical attention.  Lesser amounts of chocolate can cause vomiting and diarrhea. 

The other product that can be very dangerous is xylitol.  Xylitol is a product in sugar free gum and is becoming more popular in baked goods.  A small amount of ingested xylitol can be very dangerous.  It will cause the blood sugar levels to drop which can cause seizures.  It can also cause liver failure.  This is a very dangerous product to dogs so please make sure they do not receive xylitol.

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Reducing Breast Cancer (Mammary Cancer) in Pets

 

We are all aware that October is breast cancer awareness month and we see pink everywhere in support of breast cancer research.  Breast cancer is a horrible disease that affects many people.  Dogs and cats are also prone to breast (mammary) cancer.  The good news is that we are able to significantly reduce the amount of breast cancer that develops in pets.  Multiple studies have shown that the rate of breast cancer significantly decreases with spaying your dog or cat before the first heat cycle.  The first heat cycle usually occurs between 7-10 months of age.  We recommend spaying dogs and cats at 6 months of age.  Studies have shown that spaying at this young age reduces the rate of breast cancer by as much as 91%.  There are also other medical benefits to spaying at 6 months of age.  The benefits include reducing unwanted pregnancy (helping to reduce the pet population) and reducing the risk of a uterus infection (pyometra) which can be life threatening. Please keep your pets as healthy as possible and spay them at 6 months of age!