Petersen Pet Hospital - October 2022

Have a Spooky Good Time

if there are any signs of kidney stones or tumors. They may even do an ultrasound to get a better idea of your cat’s kidney health.

What treatments are available? Unfortunately, you can’t get rid of kidney disease. But you can prevent the disease from getting worse. The treatment for CKD depends on your cat’s blood tests. Your veterinarian will let you know which treatment will work best for you. Some treatment options include special diets that include low protein and low phosphorus, antibiotics, potassium supplements, and fatty acids such as omega-3. Your friends at Petersen Pet Hospital love us felines and want to help us live our best lives! So, the next time you come in to get your furry friends checked out, ask about their wellness profiles and how they can help spot underlying issues. If you have questions about CKD or think your cat is showing symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact Petersen Pet Hospital — they are purrfect!

While Keeping Safety in Mind

Halloween is all about letting the ghoul times roll, but monsters and ghosts aren’t the only things parents need to worry about this holiday. Most older kids don’t want an adult chaperoning — they want to venture off with their friends to enjoy the night all on their own.

Here are a few safety tips so you and your older kids can enjoy the spooky evening with no worries.

Plan a route and curfew. Some older kids still love the nostalgia of trick-or-treating, or maybe they plan to pull some Halloween pranks with their friends. Whatever the reason may be, they may want to enjoy the evening without a parent. One of the best ways to make sure they’re staying safe is to plan a route and a curfew. Choose which routes you feel comfortable with them going on, either somewhere nearby or somewhere in the neighborhood. And choosing a curfew time is essential so you know when to expect their return. This way if something happens and you cannot reach them or they aren’t back in time, you have a general idea of where they can be on the route. Pack the essentials. Always make sure your child has their phone on them in case of an emergency, no matter if it’s to call you or an emergency line. You could even share locations so you’re able to track where they are or use another location tracking app like Life360 or FamiSafe that’s available on your devices. If they plan to stay out for a while, have your child take water bottles, flashlights, and even a small first-aid kit with them. They actually come in handy when exploring the Halloween night and the unexpected happens.

INGREDIENTS • 1 egg • 2 tbsp honey •

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1 cup all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour

3/4 cup almond milk or water

1 tbsp baking powder

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1 cup canned pumpkin 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 cup peanut butter

1 tsp cinnamon

Yogurt chips

DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 325 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. In a large bowl, mix wet ingredients together (egg, honey, almond milk, pumpkin, vanilla extract, and peanut butter). 3. In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients together (flour, whole-wheat flour, baking powder, and cinnamon). 4. With your hands, combine the wet and dry ingredients until the dough is pliable. 5. Roll the dough until it’s about 1/2-inch thick. 6. Using cookie cutters, cut the dough into shapes of your choice. 7. Place “bones” on the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. 8. Flip the bones and bake for another 15 minutes. Allow to cool. 9. In a small bowl, melt the yogurt chips in the microwave, stir, and use as icing. 10. Serve to your pups — and watch them enjoy!

Older kids deserve a bit of freedom, as long as they can do it responsibly. Consider these tips to make sure the night is trick-free and full of the best treats.


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