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October, 2018

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is here! It's time to bring out the candy and costumes and ghoulish decorations ... but it's also time for us pet owners to be aware of the the potential hazards certain sweets and materials can pose to our fur kids. Below is a list of things to watch out for:

Chocolate - Although a safe Halloween treat for humans, chocolate contains chemicals called methylxanthines which can be very toxic to your pets (especially dogs). In general, the darker and more bitter the chocolate, the less safe it is for your pet to consume. 

Candy - While most candies aren't necessarily toxic themselves, large amounts of any sugary treat consumed by your pet can present a big problem. The primary danger is pancreatitis -- a serious and often very painful disease of the digestive system. So never leave a bowl or bag of candy where your pet may have access to it.

Candy Wrappers -- A swallowed wrapper can cause bowel obstructions which may lead to serious problems and even costly surgery in some cases.

Raisins - Some people like to pass out boxes of raisins to trick-or-treaters as a healthy alternative to candy. But unknown to many of us, raisins (and grapes) can be quite dangerous to your pets. There is a high risk of liver failure in dogs and possibly cats -- even if only a small amount is eaten. This is actually a good tip to remember year round as many of us begin to gravitate towards healthier food choices. 

Candles - As you might guess, the flame is the primary hazard here. Don't place a lit candle where dog or cat might get too curious or too close.

If you ever suspect that your pet has ingested something toxic or life threatening, you may call the Pet Poison Helpline at 855-764-7661. You will be connected to a team of veterinarians who will be ready to assist you with important instructions or advice. 

We wish everyone -- and their pets -- a happy and safe Halloween!


Written by Michael Walker

A Healthy Pet is a Happy Pet!

October is National Pet Wellness Month. Pet owners are encouraged to monitor their pet's health regularly and engage in activities that contribute to their physical and mental well being.

Here are 5 tips:

  1. Walk your dog. It's great exercise for dog and owner alike!
  2. Play with your cats to keep them active and stimulated.
  3. Make sure your pet's tag and contact information is current. If your pet is micro chipped make sure that information is up to date as well.
  4. Take your pet for regular check-ups at the vet
  5. Feed your pets healthy foods.
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Pet of the Month

Our pet of the month for October is our beautiful long-time pal, Raven! Black cats have somewhat of a spooky reputation during the Halloween season but this loveable kitty is here to bust that myth. Raven is much more interested in treats than tricks and is loving, sociable, affectionate, playful and funny!
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Remembering those pets who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge
Did you know...
Dogs have about 100 different facial expressions, most of them made with the ears!
Pumpkin Cinnamon Cookies

2 1/2 cups of coconut flour

1 cup of applesauce

1 1/2 cups of pure pumpkin puree (NOT pie filling)

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

4 eggs


  1. Mix coconut flour, pure pumpkin puree, unsweetened applesauce, cinnamon, and eggs into a large bowl.
  2. Roll out the dough into a sheet about a quarter-inch thick.
  3. Use your favorite cookie cutter and place cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes
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~ Martin Buber
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