October tips and tricks

This month’s Tips and Tricks focuses on two great things in the month of October! Halloween and Breast cancer awareness! Check it out!

Let’s Be the Cure! Celebrate with the annual Paws FUR Pink event!

Even though this event takes place in February registration is open now for fundraising! Do something fun and beneficial for your pets and all animals in California! From the organizers of the world-famous Imperial Beach and Surf City Surf Dog events, comes a charity event with man’s best friend!

Celebrate the unconditional love we share with our four-legged family members and the pawsitive healing that love brings! Paws FUR Pink® is an annual dog-friendly run/walk series for breast and canine cancers held in Orange County and San Diego. New this year in San Diego, we are introducing the Tri.Du.One.!

You can register online and find more event info at https://pawsfurpink.com/

HowlOWeen Candy

We all love Halloween candy. Whether its the BITE sized appeal of those special flavors that only come out once a year (pumpkin spice anyone?) Halloween candy is a staple at any store during October!

This is also the time of year when chocolate toxicity is at its highest for household pets. Sometimes many owners don’t even notice when a few pieces are missing from the big candy cauldron! So here are some early signs of a toxic problem!

  • Vomiting – Chances are your pet inhaled some of the wrappers too. Thankfully the stomach’s reaction is to clear the foreign material. This happens when vomiting occurs which is a key sign you need to get your pet to the vet pronto!
  • Diarrhea – If the wrapper is passed sometimes your pet’s upset stomach will produce more acid, this, in turn, causes more fluid making the stool loose.
  • Tremors – This is a sure sign that your pet needs medical attention right away, the amount of increase sugar can kill your pet.
  • Elevated Heart Rate – Candy equals sugar- sugar equals heath rate. A dog sometimes will have trouble calming down when they have ingested too much candy. Another sure sign a vet visit is in order.

Have a plan! Know where to take your pet no matter the date or time. Have a regular vet but also be aware of 24-hour emergency vets local to you!

Your Pet’s Vision!

Your dog has such a profound sense of smell and hearing, loss of vision can go unnoticed. Vision problems can be difficult to diagnose, and range from red eyes that need moisturizing drops, to inflammatory or infectious disease. Your aging dog may find that his vision is compromised as he ages.

It is true that some breeds have a better more well-developed vision because of their breed. For example, many sighthounds see better and in more ranges of gray and blacks than many other breeds. Many specific breeds seem to have more eye problems that are predisposed. For example, the English Springer Spaniel is prone to developing eye diseases like glaucoma and cataracts. Siberian Huskies are prone to a host of genetic eye problems like hereditary or juvenile cataracts, corneal dystrophy, and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). Collie breeds can develop different severities of Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA), an incurable genetic condition that affects the retina, choroid, and sclera. German Shepherds have the highest genetic predisposition for Chronic Superficial Keratitis – or Pannus – of any dog breed. If your pet seems off, is jumpy suddenly or won’t go places he usually does it could be an eye problem, so make fido an appointment with a canine ophthalmologist just encase!

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