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    10 SPOOKTACULAR SAFETY PET TIPS FOR HALLOWEEN

    1. Deathly sweet tooth – Chocolate, especially dark or baking chocolate is very toxic and dangerous for dogs and cats. It can cause vomiting, restlessness,heart disturbances, and even death. Make sure all family members understand the dangers of sharing their candy with their pets. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxice call the Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435. 
    2. Pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively non toxic; however they can produce stomach problems.
    3. Ensure that all lit pumpkins and candles are out of reach for pets. Kittens are curious as well as puppies; cats can jump and watch out for those big dog tails.  If you are unsure about the safety of your pet on Halloween, best to confine them in a separate room with food and water. No Fires!
    4. When opening the door for trick – or – treaters make sure your dog or cat doesn’t dart out. 
    5. If this is your pets first Halloween, be mindful of the extra activity and too many strangers. It can be scary and stressful for pets. I recommend for the newbie pets to break them in a little at a time. Bring them out to greet some trick – or – treaters occasionally, hold them and speak with a gentle fun tone, but no screeching.
    6. Don’t leave pets outside on Halloween. Many animals disappear as pranksters and those with darker intentions tease, abduct, torture, or even kill pets. Black cats are frequent targets of cruel activities on Halloween.  Please keep them in during the week of Halloween. Many animal shelters will not allow black cat adoptions during the week of Halloween.
    7. Please do not force your pet to wear a costume. Some pets truly are Hams and others are not.  Only if they love it –  then do it up! Some costumes also contain material that may cause an allergic reaction. Try on the costume the night before and observe for any abnormal behavior. If your pet doesn’t prefer a costume, try a festive bandana.
    8. If your pet wants to be a part of the action, make sure the costume does not constrict any movement, the ability to see, hearing,  and the ability to breathe, bark or meow. Check the costume for dangling objects that can get caught and injure your pet or small objects that can be chewed off and choked on.
    9. Please! Make sure your pet has an ID or is micro chipped. This will improve your chances of getting your pet if they get lost.
    10. Advise your children to throw away candy wrappers in a place where the pet can’t get.  Candy wrappers can get stuck in your pets’ digestive tract and make them seriously ill or cause death. Make or buy a special treat for pet for Halloween to involve your children and not leave your pet out.
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    New Puppy! 10 mistakes new pet parents make!

       1            Too much love                                                                  

    Pets need boundaries and rules, spoiling your pet actually makes it harder for the animal, because they make mistakes that they are punished for. They need clear rules and boundaries just like children. This will decrease bad habits. Make your rules and boundaries clear from the very beginning.

             2            Too much punishment

    Most new pet parents observe the mistakes rather than the good behavior. Punishing results in tension, so reward good behaviors. Ex; urinating in the house often results in the owners yelling at the dog, what the problem is usually a lack of supervision from the owners. Focus on the positive.

             3            Not having your pet spayed or neutered

    Pet overpopulation is a crisis. Spayed or neutered decreases aggression and risk for disease. It is a healthy choice to spay or neuter.

             4            Supervision 

    Always supervise your pet with children. Teach your children how to play nicely with the dog, be aware of and teach them signs of when the pet has had enough play time. Pets get tired too, especially puppies and the senior pets.

             5            They are not human

     They are animals and you want them to be a part of the family, remember they are animals. They don’t think like humans, they are instinctive and don’t do things on purpose. Keep this in mind the next time you see them doing something wrong.

             6            Buying your pet spontaneously

    Mismatch of the right pet for you and your family is heartbreaking, time consuming and frustrating. Avoid it by educating yourself on the breeds you may want. Talk to those who own one and learn about the cost and care.. Particular breeds of dogs come with particular problems most likely to crop up.

             7            Inconsistency

     Bad behavior results from inconsistent rules and boundaries. There allowed on the bed or not, they are allowed on the couch but not the bed….  In the dogs mind saying ‘which is it, I’m confused, so I’ll do what I want. “They don’t understand the difference between the couch and the bed.  Make a family meeting on the rules of the pet and make sure everyone agrees. Feeding time and exercise should also be consistent.

             8            Too many treats

    Too many and it loses its reward system. Don’t always give a treat for good behavior, this keeps them hoping and eventually he will perform without the treat.

             9            Not socializing

    Not socializing can develop fears and aggressive behavior .The first 3-12 weeks for dogs is critical socialization period. 2-8 wks for cats

          10            Skimping on the exercise

    Barking, jumping and hostile behavior is a part of the pets’ energy. Unleash it. Walk at least 2ce a day for 30’ each. Dogs need more exercise than people.