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Halloween Edition, October 2016
Welcome to our Halloween special edition. Take the time this Queen's Birthday long weekend to catch up on the latest news from the Beach. This month you can read up on Black cat facts and real live creepy crawlies. Our makeup tips will ensure you have a grumpy halloween.  Read about Baby's grumpy Halloween.
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This month’s contents:
  1. World Animal day
  2. Puppy Preschool Grads
  3. Real live creepy crawlies alert!
  4. Black Cat Facts
  5. Bombay Black Cats
  6. Grumpy Halloween
  7. Baby Halloween Blog

World Animal Day: 

October 4, a day to remember and celebrate all animals 
Click on this link to learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-09jWYDAauo

Puppy Preschool Grads:

Congratulation to this month's puppy preschool graduates. Scarlett, Arnold, Archie, Jarvis, Lennox, Ruby, Mika, and Oreo celebrated at a Grad party complete with tricks and pupcakes. All the puppies learned a trick and Lennox dressed up as a shark. (Ruby missed the fun but received a bag of grad goodies to take home). Keep up the good work training your puppies to be amazing adults. For more cute pictures go to our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/moffatbeachvet/   

Real Live Creepy Crawlies alert this Halloween:


With Halloween approaching, we think of ghosts, ghouls, vampires, witches and zombies. Most of us are blissfully unaware of the real “monsters” that can lurk inside or on  our pets!  Parasitic infections are common in pets and many of these infections can be spread to humans (especially children). Roundworm, Hookworm and Tapeworm can all affect us and we can get these from our pets. Fleas can spread tapeworms but can also harbour such nasty diseases as “cat scratch fever” that can cause major human health problems. Deadly paralysis ticks not only harm pets but can cause problems for people too. Heartworm is not dangerous to people but is deadly for both dogs and cats – and being spread by mosquitoes, is easily contracted even by totally indoors pets. The good news is that all of these parasites can be easily prevented.  Use a good quality intestinal wormer every three months – we recommend Fenpral, Drontal or Milbemax. Heartworm is best prevented by a yearly injection for dogs (so you don’t have to worry about being forgetful) or topical Revolution or Advocate for cats. 
Fleas are best controlled by oral products as these do not wash off when swimming or being bathed. Comfortis is great for both dogs and cats. Bravecto kills fleas and  paralysis ticks for dogs. For cats, Frontline spray and topspot remain the only effective tick control products at this time.

 Black cat facts….

Black cats are typically associated with bad luck and Halloween, but there is way more to dark felines than bad luck and pumpkins. Here are some black cat facts and busted myths that will most certainly change your view on this so-called spooky pet!
1. Black cats are associated with witches
Black cats have been commonly believed to be witches in North America because they’re nearly invisible in the dark of night!
2. Black cats can be considered lucky in some countries.
In most of the U.S., superstitious people go out of their way to avoid crossing paths with a black cat, but in other parts of the world, that isn’t the case at all! In parts of places like England, Asia and Ireland, when a black cat crosses your path it signifies good luck.
3. Black cats typically have yellow eyes due to Melanism.

Melanism is basically the opposite of Albinism. An excessive amount of melanin in these cats is what causes their fur to be so black. Essentially, these cats have so much melanin that it causes their irises to be golden/yellow!
4. Black cats’ fur can turn white with age.
With age, white fur can start to appear on black cats just like when a human’s hair goes gray over time. All cats will have fur colour changes with age but it’s most obvious with black cats because of their dark fur.
5.  They’re just like any other cat.
Even though their history is linked with anarchy and witches, these cats are not bad luck and have nothing to do with black magic! The behavioural patterns of these cats are just like the pattern of any other feline. So, next time a black cat crosses your path you have no reason to be concerned.

 Bombay Cat - the Only Recognised Black Cat Breed
While many recognised breeds have been around for years or are the result of naturally occurring genetic mutations, the Bombay is the result of selective breeding for many years  to develop a black "Parlour Panther." It is the only recognised cat breed whose only acceptable color is black.
Although stunning as sleek, black show cats with mesmerizing copper eyes, the Bombay is easily adaptable as a pet who will play fetch, guard your house, or even venture out with you on a leash.

Grumpy Halloween....
Feeling like your halloween costume needs a spooky lift? Not in the mood for Halloween this year? Make your party friends run the other way when they see you with Grumpy cat makeup.  Go to this link for a tutorial which will bring a smile to your scary sad face.

Baby's Grumpy Halloween Blog:
All this talk about black cats has made me grumpy! I personally don't believe that if a black cat crossed my path that would be lucky for me!! How I am feeling about Halloween can't be expressed in words so I'm going to let my avian friend take over the blog.

Happy Halloween to all our special pet lovers....
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