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Helpful Halloween Tips from the Dog Crazy Newsletter

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Someone (thanks, Judy!!) sent me the following article today. It’s from the Dog Crazy Newsletter and with Halloween just around the corner, it couldn’t be more timely. Here are some tips to help make the holiday– which incidentally is the most dangerous holiday for pets — less stressful for you canine BFF.

Halloween can be a real nightmare for pets. Just imagine trick-or-treating from a pet’s point of view. It’s an absolute nightmare of doorbells that never stop ringing, loud scary noises in the night and a constant stream of annoying strangers coming into your home.

Halloween can be very stressful and dangerous for pets. And it’s our job as good pet parents to be aware of the dangers and to keep our pets safe.

Bad things happen to good pets on Halloween. Pets are often teased, tortured, terrorized and even killed at this time of year.

And it’s our job as good pet parents to be aware of the dangers and to keep our pets safe. Sadly, each year pets are terrorized and even killed by trick-or-treaters. Veterinary clinics also see a big rise in pet accidents and injuries on Halloween. The most common problems are poisoning, ingestion of foreign bodies, trauma from car accidents and bite wounds. Here are some good tips to keep in mind this Halloween:

1. Hide the candy. Keep all candy (and wrappers) out of your dog’s reach. Candy is not good for dogs – especially chocolate. Problems can range from diarrhea and upset stomach to toxicity and even death.

2. Keep your dog on a leash. Don’t leave your dog tied up outside. Keep him inside where it is safe. If you take your dog trick-or-treating, keep him on a short leash and hold it tightly to help keep him from fighting with other animals or biting strangers. Frequently scan the ground for dropped candy that your dog might eat.

3. Make a safe spot for your pet . During trick-or-treating, keep your dog indoors in a separate room that is as far from the front door as possible. This will prevent him from getting spooked by trick-or-treaters and running outside. Give your dog plenty of fresh water, a familiar blanket, and something to take his mind off all the commotion going on in other areas of the house.

Dogs become easily frightened on Halloween. To help ease your dog’s anxiety and help him to relax, I recommend the award-winning pet relaxation CD Music My Pet from Baby Einstein’s Tom Nazziola. It was specifically designed as a relaxation tool for pets. The CD uses only those instruments and sounds that were proven to have a calming effect on pets in recent pet anxiety studies. Play the CD in your dog’s “safe room” during trick-or-treating. While the scary sights and sound of Halloween fill the rest of your home, this award-winning classical music CD will help keep your dog relaxed, happy and stress free. To hear a track from the CD, just click on the image below.

Another great way to keep your dog relaxed and happily entertained is the Dog Sitter DVD Fun Pack.  It includes the Dog Sitter DVD Volume 1, an extraordinary DVD that was developed especially for dogs. It will make your dog feel as if he is outdoors enjoying the sights and sounds of nature with his new animal friends. The footage is very realistic and the DVD’s stereo soundtrack even includes some sounds that only your dog can hear. Dogs just love this DVD. In fact, it can hold their attention for hours. Nothing goes better with a good movie than popcorn, so this Fun Pack also includes 3 packs of doggy popcorn in flavors your dog is sure to love – Crispy Bacon, Roast Beef and Chicken. Your dog is going to love it. To learn more about it, just click on the video below.

I hope these tips will help keep your dog safe and happy this Halloween.

Until next time,

Dr. Jon

P.S. You can pick up the Dog Sitter DVD Fun Pack and the Music My Pet CD at PetProductAdvisor.com – and it will arrive in time for Halloween. Just go to: http://click.petplace.com/?ju=fe3715707066047a711772&ls=fdf810767d64017474157276&m=feff1273766004&l=fec112797461037f&s=fe2f11737067057c771779&jb=ffcf14&t

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