Thursday, October 11, 2012

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween

Halloween is a fun time for people, but it can be hard for dogs. Here are a few tips for keeping your dogs safe while the ghosts and goblins and mini-Gagas are out prowling:

1.  Keep the candy in a safe place away from your dog (it may contain xylitol, which can be very toxic to dogs) and give your dog a safe and happy place to be when the trick-or-treaters come. 
2.  Stuff several Kongs in advance and pop them in the freezer. Use low-sodium chicken broth, boiled or baked pumpkin, squash, sweet potato, or raw dog food (or all mixed together).
3.  Put up a baby gate or keep your dog in a room away from the front door (preferably not alone) if your dog or puppy might escape, so that you don’t have to pay as much attention. If you have a dog with aggression issues, turn out your lights or go outside with your candy so that the doorbell doesn’t ring. 

Have a Happy Halloween, everybody!

P.S.  If you are carving a pumpkin this year and you know someone with a flock of backyard chickens, those chickens would really LOVE the pumpkin seed innards of that jack-o-latern.  Just sayin'...cluck cluck.

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