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A Mattie Minute

October is upon us and as the in-hospital supervisor and official clinic cat of Cambrian Animal Hospital, I thought it was time to add my two meows to the website.

Although it’s fun to watch the animals coming in and out of the clinic for vaccines and exams, fleas are a common finding this time of year. I get itchy just thinking about fleas but not all pets show signs when they have fleas. It’s not something I have to worry about because I get treated with flea prevention once a month. There are lots of options available to prevent fleas – there are topical products (for dogs and cats) and tasty oral products (for dogs only). My people tell me it’s much easier to prevent fleas than dealing with a flea infestation. When your pet has fleas, you have to treat the pet AND the house! That sounds like a lot of work to me and it would definitely cut into prime cat nap time.

Halloween is a busy time too and it’s important that all my animal friends stay safe. I’ve heard that chocolates are delicious but I wouldn’t know because chocolates are not safe for pets. Some pets like to pretend they are cat-burglars and try to steal the loot! You should make sure those Halloween goodies are put away in a secure location. Make sure to put something reflective on your dog if your dog is going trick or treating with you. This helps make your pooch visible to drivers and other trick or treaters out there. My kitty friends should stay inside (it’s just warmer and nicer) on Halloween. I plan to stay in (as I always do) and watch my favourite show.

Happy Halloween!

Written by Cambrian Animal Hosptial 


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