In this issue you will find:

They Ate What?

Halloween Costume Contest

Halloween Safety for Pets

Tapeworms in Cats

They Ate What?

It is amazing what dogs, cats and other pets will eat if given the opportunity. The most common items removed from dogs are socks followed by underwear. While these do not routinely show up on X-rays, some items do.

Every year a veterinary journal holds a contest to see what unusual things are found on X-rays that animals have eaten. This is one of the favorite journal articles for veterinary professionals.

I invite you to follow this link to see this year's winners.


Halloween Costume Contest.

Once again we are looking forward to the Bobtown Pet Clinic Annual Halloween Costume Contest. The contest is open to all. Judging will be held on October 31, at 4pm. First prize will be $75, Second prize $50, and Third prize $25, all as VISA gift cards.

For your pet to compete there are 2 options. The first option is for you to submit a picture of your pet in costume to us by mail, email or on Facebook. (We request that the costume be for this year. You are on the honor system.) You can start submitting your pictures immediately.

The second option is for you to stop by for us to take a picture between October 27 and 31. (We will have an area decorated for Halloween pictures.) We are planning a spooky background this year. While not eligible for contest entry, we can also take pictures of the two-legged ghouls. Watch Facebook for a picture of the background when we get it set up.

The panel of judges will base the winners only on the pictures submitted. During this week we will also be doing Tricks for Treats for our furry friends. Stop by, have your pet do a trick and they will receive a special treat.

(Note: All pictures submitted for the contest become the property of Bobtown Pet Clinic and may be used for marketing purposes, including posting on Facebook.)


Halloween Safety for Pets

Halloween is just around the corner. Make sure to keep your four-legged ghouls safe. Many pets are very excited and/or scared by the appearance of two-legged ghosts and goblins showing up at your door. The frequent open door allows a means of escape. Many of them may not be found.

Please put your pets safely in a back room so they cannot run off and potentially get hit on the street or bite a Trick-or-Treater.

Additionally, keep those goodies away from your pets. Many contain xylitol and chocolate, both of which are tasty but toxic to dogs and cats. Not to mention the stomach upset the rich treats can cause when eaten.

Remind children not to scare pets. This can lead to bites and injured or dead Fido or Fluffy.

We wish you a safe and spooky Halloween!

Tapeworms in Cats

Fall. Colorful leaves. Harvest time. Cooler weather. Getting the house ready for winter. Mice moving into the house and out buildings. House cats eating mice in the dining room. Ahhh! The inevitable march of the seasons.

Wait! What! Cats eating mice in the dining room? Well it may not be in the dining room, but could be. Even our house cats have predatory instincts and when the mice start to come into the house, it is inevitable that most will catch, kill, and usually eat some of them. This is just part of cat nature. You may not even be aware that your cat is keeping your house free of mice.

These mice that are moving into your house can carry diseases and many parasites. One of the big parasitic concerns for predatory cats (and dogs) is tapeworms. These are an intestinal parasite that are usually long, flat and segmented. They reproduce by releasing segments (also known as proglottids) to either pass in the stool or crawl out onto the hair, dry up, and fall into the environment. These are the things that look like pieces of rice under a cat's tail sometimes.

The proglottids are then eaten by insects, like fleas. This is a required step in the life cycle of tapeworms. The insects can then be eaten by the target host, like the cat, or by an intermediate host, like the mouse. If a mouse eats the insect it will pass the tapeworm on to the cat when it is eaten.

For outdoor cats and cats that are known hunters we recommend routine dewormings with medications that will kill the tapeworms. For strictly indoor cats we tend to use them as needed based on finding the tapeworms or on a less frequent cycle.

If you have questions about tapeworms, please give us a call.