For many pets “back to school” season can come as a shock. Having spent the whole summer with their human siblings hanging around the house, your pet may experience their own empty nest syndrome. This time of year is also when we all get busy and our pets’ health takes a back seat. Here are a few tips to help your pet this back to school season!
Consider a pamper day for your pet!
You love a pedicure, massage, and hour in the sauna –why wouldn’t your pet? In the same way that your body releases endorphins and good feelings when pampered, your pet’s body will also relax, release happy endorphins, and help to reduce muscle tension and strain. If your pet also happens to be a senior, arthritis and other age-related body aches can be relieved through a good day of pampering, acupuncture, or Class IV laser therapy (both of which just happen to be available at PAH!).
Although you may have already taken advantage of our overnight boarding options, did you know PAH also has day care services available? Drop off your pet early in the morning, and let them hang out with our staff for the day! We are open until 9:00pm every weekday, so you have plenty of time to wrangle the kids and pick up your pets. If you are short on time, running your kids back and forth, bathing, nail trims, and healthcare services can all be taken care of during this time too!
Plan ahead for their exams, preventative care, and medications
The veterinary industry sees a major decline in pet preventive health care during the back to school season. Don’t let your pet’s health slip through the cracks. Contact your veterinarian by phone, email, or through our online scheduling system for examinations and preventative vaccines and treatments. Flea and parasite prevention and most other medications can all also be ordered ahead of time and picked up quickly while you are out on the go. You can even pay ahead over the phone if you know you won’t have time to stop and chat with the receptionists!
Be sure your pets get plenty of exercise
Did your pets get to go outside every day this summer? Are they now suffering from a bad case of couch-potato-itis? Be sure to keep your pet active even with school starting. As little as a sunset walk can help keep your pet from getting restless and destructive. For cats, five minutes a day of “catch the laser pointer dot” can be the difference between healthy and obese!
Spend 10 minutes a day with each pet –it will do you both good!
There is tons of research attesting to the healing powers of time spent with a pet. If you are feeling the stress and burn out common with back to school season, take ten minutes each day for your health and your pets. Cuddle on the couch, play fetch, go for a walk, lounge in bed, share a few baby carrots, whatever your favorite activities are, try them with your pet. You are both sure to feel the healing effects!
Oceanside is a great city to celebrate Halloween for humans and pets alike! The warm summer air and late sunset make it the perfect place to go trick-or-treating. Halloween, like any other holiday, can be a fun celebration for your pets by taking a few precautions to ensure they feel safe and secure!
Pet Costumes: Although many pets have no problem being dressed up and paraded around, it is not for every cat or dog. If your pet appears to be in distress or discomfort, consider allowing your pet to dress up in their “birthday suit” or a festive collar and leash!
Your costume: If you plan to take your pet out with you on Halloween, or if you plan to be dressed up around the house, consider forgoing the spooky mask or giant hats. These items can scare or confuse your pet or may spark a territorial instinct if they think you are an intruder.
Safety: If you plan to have trick-or-treaters come to your door, consider keeping your dogs or cats in another room. With the door opening and closing repeatedly, a nervous pet may dash out the door or be frightened by the gools and goblins at your doorstep. Although Halloween is a social time for people, a safe space, with their favorite toys and treats, may be the most comfortable way for your pet to spend the holiday.
Treats: As tempting as it can be for your child to share their Halloween bounty with their favorite furry friend, try not to share human treats with your pets! Many local dog food stores and dog bakeries make special treats for your pets, or consider making some yourself. Our Pinterest page, For Dogs, has several easy to make dog treat recipes.
Parties: If you plan to go out for Halloween, consider attending a “pet friendly” event. Be it our Howl-O-Ween or another event, a Halloween geared towards your pet will allow them to socialize in a pet-friendly atmosphere, visit with other pets, and these events generally occur during the day in a family-friendly environment –so you and your pet will have a great time!
As many of you know the core of our hospital is the technicians and technician’s assistants who work with each and every pet who comes through the door. These amazing people are caring, passionate, and advocates for your pets. Across the country this week animal hospitals have been celebrating their staff and at PAH we are doing the same. There is not enough space in a blog post to write about all the amazing things our staff do on a daily basis. So instead, through a series of photographs, we would like to introduce to you are staff.
Although these pictures are just a snapshot of our staff, we can never say thank you enough to all our technicians. Their kindness, willingness, and positive attitudes never waiver. To all of our technicians, Happy Technician Appreciation week! We love you all and thank you for your hard work.